PAPER / RESEARCH PROPOSAL (will be covered in more detail in class) • For this paper you will propose a research project to study some aspect of human – animal interactions taking a perspective from one of the following disciplines: sociology, economics, political science, psychology, criminal justice, social work, or communications (the study must involve humans – it cannot be strictly on animal behavior). • NOTE: You are only writing a proposal – you do not have to conduct the actual study! •

Social Thinking Journal…….To prepare for this journal, watch Social Thinking (Society for Personality and Social Psychology by Dr. John (Jack) Dovidio, Yale University.)Links to an external site. (2017). Reflect on this topic. Specifically, consider concepts other than those covered in discussions and/or assignments. Explain how a particular theoretical perspective applies to your own experience, personal or professional. Describe the social situation in the context of social psychological theory and research, and appraise the factors that impact your behavior as well as the role your own actions play in producing and perpetuating the situation. Your journal should be approximately one single-spaced page and include at least one reference to a required course reading.
April 21, 2018
Post your response to the topic below with at least 300 words . Cite information from at least one academic source, such as your textbook or an article from the Argosy Online Library, to support your statements. Use current APA standards to properly cite your source(s). Review and respond to your classmates’ posts through the end of the week, asking for clarification, suggesting a different perspective, and/or indicating how their responses illustrate development of their critical thinking skills.
April 21, 2018

PAPER / RESEARCH PROPOSAL (will be covered in more detail in class) • For this paper you will propose a research project to study some aspect of human – animal interactions taking a perspective from one of the following disciplines: sociology, economics, political science, psychology, criminal justice, social work, or communications (the study must involve humans – it cannot be strictly on animal behavior). • NOTE: You are only writing a proposal – you do not have to conduct the actual study! • Your paper will be 10-15 double spaced numbered pages, Times-Roman 12 point font, one inch margins, and stapled together (no clips, folders, or plastic covers • Your paper should include the following six sections with BOLDED section headings:  1 page: Overview o A research question that should be clearly stated (as a question!) and bolded. o A brief discussion on why you think this is an important question o What is the social science discipline you’re focusing on and why you think that is the best framework to consider your question  1-2 pages: Methods o A discussion of which research methodology you would use to collect your data o Why you think that would be the best way to collect data to answer your research question. o How you would recruit subjects. For example, if you were conducting a study on zoos (a topic you CANNOT use) you may say you would:  interview all of the directors of AZA accredited zoos in the U.S.  have the first 50 people, who were at least 13 years old, that were entering the Columbus Zoo on a given date complete your survey.  prepare an email letter, with a link to an online survey, that would be sent to all members of the Toledo Zoo  invite teachers K-12 to participate in focus groups on how they use the Cleveland Zoo, or resources from the zoo, in teaching their students  4-7 pages: Literature Review o Should include 7-10 sources with a minimum of 6 peer reviewed journal articles. Please note: one of the most consistent reasons for points being deducted is for doing an Annotated Bibliography instead of a Lit Review. There are guides to Lit Reviews, as well as a sample Lit Review (though you can skip the running head!), on Isidore.  1-2 pages: Challenges o What are potential problems or challenges you may run into if you were to conduct this research o You can include ethical issues, subject recruitment, etc.  1 page: Role of Theory o This will be a generic discussion of the role that theory plays in research (it will have nothing to do with your topic) o In addition to class discussions, the role of theory in research is covered in the pdf of powerpoints, and some of the readings, for exam #1 o You should think of this part of your proposal as addressing the 4th learning objectives on page one of the syllabus.  1-2 pages: Future Research o Pick two of the following four categories: Race, Gender, Social Class, and Location (where you live – for example, suburban, urban, rural) and in 1-2 paragraphs for each category address the following  Identify a research question that connects how the category may influence your topic in general (you should also bold the text of the research question). • For example, if the overall topic is exotic pets and the category is Location, you could ask: Are people who live in countries where tigers are native less likely to keep them as pets?  In a paragraph explain what you think the answer may be and why. •

 

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