I. Your choice of either a group project or a paper.
A. A group project on a personality topic, completed with a total of three students and presented to the class. Format of the class presentation is open, but the following are possibilities:II. Peer feedback of the following kinds:
1. a network of webpages,B. One of the following kinds of paper, written alone or with one partner (15 pages):
2. a video documentary.
1. an original theory on a topic in personality,
2. a critical review of the literature on a personality research program.
A. peer reviews of submitted student papers (participation),III. A midterm exam on all material covered before October 14, 1999.
B. peer commentaries on accepted student papers (3 pages each).
IV. A final exam on all material covered after October 14, 1999.
In the past, most students have preferred to represent their knowledge in the form of websites that used alternative representations. During one class session, the instructor will introduce you to the world wide web (with an emphasis on personality), and during the following (optional) class session the instructor will teach you how to make web pages using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). No prior knowledge is presupposed.
Some students may wish to represent their knowledge in ways other than creating a website. For example, you might choose to create a video in the form of a 20/20 documentary, a David Letterman show, etc. Remember, this is a chance to be creative, as well as to show an in-depth knowledge of personality. Your final product will be shown to the class during one of the scheduled group project demonstrations.
Each group will have three members. Students who mutually agree to be in the same group will be put together; the remaining students will be assigned to a group. When the project is completed, students will each submit a written statement on the contribution of each group member. Your final grade will reflect both the quality of the final product and your own contribution.
Possible Group Project Topics. What do personality theory and research tell us about the following topics?
You may choose one of the above topics, or a different topic (with prior consent of the instructor).
In academic psychology, papers are commonly coauthored by more than one person. This allows two people with slightly different areas of knowledge to accentuate each other's strengths. With this goal in mind, you may choose to write your paper in conjunction with one partner. Unlike the group project, which will be graded partly on individual contributions, the paper will be graded exclusively on the final product. Therefore, it is important that you choose a partner who will be willing and able to make a significant contribution.
Theory Paper. A theory paper is meant to emphasize the creative aspect of the course. You are to create an original theory of personality that (a) takes account of existing research, and (b) has testable consequences. The paper should be at least fifteen double-spaced pages in length, and should be in APA style, including a title page, abstract, headings, and references.
Your paper will be subjected to peer review by other students, after which you will have a chance to revise it. When you turn it in, the instructor will grade it and will select the best papers for publication. Published papers will be raised by one third of a letter (typically from A to A+). They will then become the focus of peer commentaries by students in the class, and possibly also by contributors outside of class. The author(s) of each published paper will then write an author response. Submission guidelines and several exemplary papers are available.
Review Paper. Whereas a theory paper emphasizes the creative aspect of the course, a review paper emphasizes the critical aspect. You are to write a critical review of the literature on a theory that has been the subject of vigorous scientific research. If you wish to write about a theory not discussed in class, you must obtain permission of the instructor, which will require that you show that a substantial amount of scientific research has already gone into testing the theory.
Your paper will be subjected to peer review with the possibility of publication. Published papers will be raised by one third of a letter (typically from A to A+). They will be subjected to peer commentary, and the author(s) will write a response. Papers must follow APA style, and must be at least fifteen double-spaced pages in length. Writing advice is available.
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