I. One of the following kinds of paper (13 pages):A. an original theory on a topic in personality,II. Peer feedback of the following kinds:
B. a critical review of the literature on a personality research program.
A. two peer reviews of submitted student papers (1 page each),III. A midterm exam on the book Three Psychologies: Perspectives From Freud, Skinner, and Rogers.
B. two peer commentaries on accepted student papers (2 pages each).
C. participation in the student discussion forum (at least one post per week).
IV. A group project comprising 20 web pages per person on two topics (40 web pages total) linked together into an ASK system.
V. A final exam that is required ONLY for students who have missed more than two class periods.
VI. Optional: A book review of a textbook on personality not used in the course (2 pages each, extra-credit).
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 13 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 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 will write a response. Papers must follow APA style and must be at least 13 double-spaced pages in length. Writing advice is available.
Late papers will be accepted on the following basis. For each class period after the paper is due, one third of a letter will be deducted from the final paper grade. For example, if the paper is turned in on the first class period after it is due, and if the paper would have received a B, then the final paper grade will be a B-.
The group project will be graded as follows. First, each individual will be graded on the number of "acceptable" web pages produced. An acceptable web page is one that the instructor has agreed has sufficient merit to warrant putting up on the web; each page will be graded on a pass/fail basis, and most unaccetable pages can be improved so that they will be acceptable. The production of web pages will comprise 80% of the group project grade, 2% per page. Second, the whole group will be graded on the quality of indexing, or linking to other web pages, in the manner of an ASK system. The concept of an ASK system was developed, explained, and illustrated in the on-line book, Engines for Education (by Roger Schank), with which students should make themselves familiar. In addition, the instructor has made available an example ASK system as well as many example questions that might be included in an ASK system. The linking of pages will be graded by group and will comprise 20% of the group project grade.
Students will be shown how to design web pages--no prior knowledge is necessary. The assignment is designed to be broad enough to permit considerable flexibility in exactly what students choose to produce. The resulting ASK system will comprise a "hypertextbook" that is free for students, professionals, and laypersons alike to view, in the tradition of giving away psychology in the public interest.
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