For this assignment you are asked to write a 10 page research paper based on the scientific literature.* Specifically, you will synthesize research from the scientific literature, using a minimum of 10 references, and draw conclusions based on your research. This assignment provides an opportunity for students to explore an area of interest in adulthood and aging in greater depth than time allows in our course. Research in the field of developmental psychology has important applications for many areas of this field.
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*Note: See Integrated Volunteer Project for an alternate project option. See side panel for details.
Your paper topic will be a typed, two page assignment.
The paper topic is worth 15 points toward your total paper grade. 0.5 points will be subtracted for each grammatical, spelling, and reference format error (make sure to double check!).
Length. The paper length will be 10 pages (12 font), plus a reference page, double-spaced and typed. Margins should be no wider than 1". References are listed on a separate page, in the format of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. Please number your pages. In addition, include a cover sheet with the title of your paper, your name, the class and section, and the current date.
Type and Number of References. See the Primary Sources page of this LibGuide for help.
Appearance. All final papers should be stapled, proofread, and easy to read (no fading or smudging of ink).
Number of Copies. You must hand in ONE hard copy and ONE electronic copy of your paper to receive full credit.
Format. Your paper should follow American Psychological Association format. See the APA Style page of this LibGuide for help.
Guidelines. Consult the grading sheet included with the full assignment instructions.
The Electronic Copy. Should be saved in D2L with your last name in the title (in accord with the policy of the College, all papers will be evaluated using Turnitin for plagiarism)
In place of the paper, students who are interested may volunteer 2-3 hours a week at a local care facility or senior center (approx 20-30 hours total, or more if you choose).
You will need to keep a journal describing your activities and reflections (for example, how your experiences relate to the course material, how they have changed your perspectives on the elderly or confirmed them), and write a shorter 5-page research paper integrating a topic from the research literature with your experiences (elder care, depression, dementia, therapeutic interventions are examples of possible topics).
You will need to follow the same guidelines and deadlines for the paper as the rest of the class, using 5 sources. For the paper topic, please include a paragraph on the arrangements for your volunteer experience