The Research Presentation should be focused on a comparative analysis of the designs, methods, and results of the two most closely related studies from your bibliography. One of the purposes of this assignment is to develop your research awareness as a consumer. How do we know when to believe a research report? In order to take full advantage of the wealth of research that is published on given topics, it helps to consider the theoretical and methodological orientations of the authors.
The first task in this assignment is to summarize accurately the studies (since your readers will not have access to the articles themselves.) You should summarize the PURPOSE (include the research hypotheses, if these are mentioned); the METHOD (including the design, the participants, the materials, the data collection procedures, and the data analysis procedures); the RESULTS; and the DISCUSSION.
With regard to the design of the study (first item under method), please explain why the design is experimental, quasi-experimental, correlational,or qualitative. Experiments must contain more than one group of participants, all of whom are randomly assigned to their group by the researcher, and there should be references to the control group versus treatment group(s). A subset of experiments is quasi-experimental studies that begin with the selection of different groups, but there is no random assignment by the researcher to the groups (e.g., alcoholics vs. non-alcoholics). However, quasi-experimental studies treat the non-random groups in an experimental fashion--with control and treatment groups.Correlational designs begin with a single sample (which may include two or three groups, e.g., students older than grade level, students right age for grade level, and students younger than grade level), and look for correlations among variables measured in common (e.g., self-esteem and peer relations quality). A final design is qualitative, ethnographic, or grounded theory. Qualitative designs typically do not begin with hypotheses and depend on interviews or extended observations. The goal is usually to explore why people act as they do or to uncover different ways that people approach an issue (in bereavement, for example).
Another dimension in research design is the quality of the developmentaldesign. There are three broad categories: cross-sectional, longitudinal, andsequential. Decide if your studies are utilizing a developmental design and explain why it is either cross-sectional, longitudinal, or sequential. Please note that many studies that are interesting to us and appropriate for this assignment do not actually have a specifically developmental design.
Regarding procedures, if we apply scientific criteria, there are ideals. A scientific study’s procedures should be a) objective, b) reliable, c) valid, d) capable of being replicated, and e) have a sample that is representative. One of your tasks in this assignment is to figure out how close these studies’ methods come to the ideals and explain your reasoning.
Another important task in the assignment--worth 15% of your RP grade-- is to label and defend the authors' perspective on development. I am specifically looking for you to argue that a given study is organismic, developmental, learning/behavioral, contextual, psychodynamic, or humanistic. Please include a spirited defense of why you think the theory or perspective applies. Think about what the author argues makes development happen in each study. Consider the research question, the methods used, and the interpretation of the findings in particular. Use these sections (purpose, methods, and discussion) to defend the label you've selected for the study's developmental perspective. You need to include at least three specific examples (from the purpose, the methods, and the discussion) to receive full credit.
Finally, having read these two studies, what is the take-home message? Summarizing across both studies, what information is still needed? Which questions are left unresolved? How might these aggregated research findings be applied to help real people? Make sure you address three issues in your comparative take-home message analysis: a) conclusions that can be drawn from reading both of these studies, b) limitations of the research, and c) future research.
My evaluation of the Research presentation will be based on accuracy and coherence of summaries (including your design, methodological, and theoretical analyses), communicative effectiveness, and analysis of the comparative take-home message (focused on conclusions, limitations, and future research). A rubric for the evaluation of presentations is located under Course Documents and it will be used by me. Note that all 100 points of the RP assignment are accounted for in the rubric. If you do not include the appropriate sections, you will lose all the points for those sections. Please post the presentation under the appropriate forum on the Discussion Board (the one labeled Research Presentations).
Posting Your Research Presentation
Research presentations should be prepared in Power Point or in Word (but not both). I recommend that you use Power Point for the following reason: the presentation style (with bullets and phrases) is helpful in moving students away from wholesale borrowing from the research article you’re summarizing. Wholesale borrowing is actually plagiarism without faithful page number citation, so I’m urging you to move away from the narrative-like sentences and paragraphs of the article write-ups.
Please post research presentations as attachments under the appropriate Discussion Board Forum (use Start a New Thread, fill in the Title with the topic and Message with your name, then scroll down to Attach--if you click on Browse you should be able to locate your presentation file on your computer).
The Research Presentation will be graded on a 100-pt scale, is worth 23% of your course grade, and is due no later than midnight on the date listed in the Calendar.
i have all cites which you have use them you do not need to search anymore
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