For model building, remember all the wisdom from March and Lave.
Title Page (10 pts)
Student ID number
Abstract (10 pts)
An abstract is a brief statement (usually a paragraph or two) that is placed at the beginning of a paper. Its purpose is to briefly explain what the paper is about; thus, it lets the reader know what will be discussed (commonly so the reader can decide whether he wants to continue reading it). It also sets a frame of reference for the reader if he or she decides to continue.
For this assignment, you are simply setting a frame of reference for the reader.
Approximately 100 words
PAGE THREE and BEYOND [For each section, please begin a new page.]
Observation and Models (20 pts)
In this section simply insert what you are supposed to do for the second homework assignment. If what you did for that assignment is perfect, all you need do is include it here. If it is not perfect, you need to fix any problems that exist.
Findings and Results (15 pts)
This section is asking how you would interpret certain results.
What is the data that you would collect and how does it relate to your research question? In the previous homework, you described critical experiments, but the description may have been somewhat vague. In this section, you are being asked precisely how you would do these experiments.
In the Second Paper Assignment, you described critical experiments, and you described the data you would collect to do these experiments. You now need to describe how you would interpret the data.
This should have been touched on in the above section. If what you did in the previous section was very complete, all you need to do is repeat it. For others it is another opportunity to get it complete. To remind you of what you need to do, let’s revisit the example discussed in class: if you find that people respect lawyers more than professors, that will mean something different from finding that people respect professors more than lawyers.
For each model:
Describe what results you would need to find in order to support the model.
Describe what results would contradict or fail to support your model.
If the data failed to support your model, what other models might these data support?
References (15 Points)
Note: You are not being asked to write a literature review. This is a list of references. Because this is not a true, complete research paper, you may not have actually used any references. Thus, you need to find books, journal articles, electronic sources, etc. that are (at least slightly) related to what your paper is about. The purpose of this section of the assignment is correctly using APA format, not doing in-depth research.
Cite at least six sources (books, newspapers, internet, etc.). You will earn more points if they come from a wide variety of sources (e.g., one book, one journal, one newspaper, one website, etc.) If the nature of your question makes it difficult to find a wide variety of sources, talk to you TA about getting an exemption from this requirement.
The citations need to be in APA format and alphabetized. (See the syllabus for links to webpages that can help with APA format.)
AT THIS POINT, YOUR PAPER IS FINISHED, BUT THERE ARE 10 ADDITIONAL POINTS:
Well Written (10 points)
If the writing is clear and concise (following what we read in the Williams text), you will get 10 additional points.
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