Describe at least one aspect of the article that you considered a weakness. For example, what questions are left unanswered?
Research Assignment Paper from a topic in Chapters 1, 2, 3, or 4 of the Chance (2014) text Learning and Behavior 7 Edition.
Find a journal article written in the last 20 years (published in 2002 or more recently) on an issue related to a topic in chapters 1, 2, 3, or 4 of the Chance (2014) text. For example you might write about systematic desensitization.
Read the chapters and find a topic of interest to you, for example, like systematic desensitization (there have been a lot of journal articles that have been published on this topic).
Find a journal article published in the year 2002 or more recently related to your topic of interest.
The rationale of the article, like, why was it written. Or, what was the hypothesis (or purpose). This should address the question, “Why was it written?”
The conclusion(s) or final assertions of the study, and the evidence on which this or that conclusion/assertion was based. If data were collected, a brief summary of the methodology is appropriate.
Describe at least one aspect of the article that was of personal interest to you, or a strength or two of the article. Something you liked, or a strength of the article.
Describe at least one aspect of the article that you considered a weakness. For example, what questions are left unanswered? What would you have done different if you had written the article or conducted the research?
A brief description how the journal article relates to either Chapter 1, 2, 3, or 4 of the Chance (2014) text. You will need to cite the Chance text in your narrative and list it in your References section. Here, for example, in your narrative you might describe how the two sources agree or complement each other, or how they might contradict each other, or how reading the Chance text prompted you to dig further on the topic so you found an interesting article.
Assume your reader is most interested in details and data that may be revealed in your academic journal article. The focus of your paper is the academic journal, not information in Chance (2014). Be sure you provide enough information so that the reader of your Research Assignment Paper knows you read the whole article, and not merely a summary of it (an Abstract). Be sure you cite this journal article in the References section.
Plan ahead. Complete a draft at least a couple of days before the due date, then the final day or two reread and rewrite for final submission.
Remember, be a cautious, somewhat skeptical reader and writer. You like evidence! And you may want to look up the meaning of “dogmatic.” We don’t want to be dogmatic in our field. People and animals are so complex; there are just too many unknowns.
Some style details of your Research papers are as follows:
Write between 300 to 400 words (we will not read more than 400 words) in your narrative. This does not count your title page or your References section. Use APA format.
Papers should have three basic sections: (1) title page; (2) narrative (or discussion); and (3) a References section.
At least two citations must be listed in your References section: (1) the Chance text; and (2) your journal article.