IRE2002Y 2006-2006 Radhakrishnan
Rationale for Your Research Project (15%)
This assignment encourages you to develop your skills in inquiry. That is, it gives you an opportunity to learn and demonstrate your skills in describing a phenomenon of interest, defining concepts to study that phenomenon, and in making arguments for and against expecting the phenomenon to occur. Follow the steps provided and answer the questions below as best as you can in the assignment to demonstrate these skills.
Unlike other courses’ written assignments, this assignment does not have any page limit nor stylistic requirements. Instead, it requires you to devote your attention to developing content. ...view middle of the document...
However, the assignment also requires that you find at least one empirical study that does not support your hypothesis. So you describe another study (say Study 2) that demonstrates that happy people were less productive than unhappy people. Now to make sense, you will have to write about the similarities and differences between the studies to help me understand why these two studies find such different results. Therefore, to demonstrate good writing skills you will have to learn how to describe relevant and specific details about a study.
IV. Once you start describing the evidence you will realize that you need to define the terms used in the research. Thus it becomes important to gather research articles that help you in defining the concepts. These articles may not specifically describe evidence that supports or does not support your hypothesis, but they are useful nonetheless. So do not hesitate to do read and research further so that you are better able to explain what the terms mean.
IV. After you have described the evidence and defined the terms the next writing task for you to do is explain the evidence for and against the hypothesis. Going back to the example of the hypothesis that happy people are more productive, explaining in this case involves writing why happy people are more productive. Is it because happy people are more motivated and this increased motivation makes them more productive? Or is it because happy people get more help from others which makes them more productive? These are two possible explanations for why happy people are more productive. Your writing task is to write about these explanations and use the research articles you read as support for these explanations. After explaining why happy people are more productive, you also have to explain why there is at least one empirical study suggesting that they are not more productive.
V. Remember that after you have completed the writing tasks required of the first writing assignment, go back and read what you wrote. Ensure you have organized the material to flow logically from one part to another.
Engaging in these three writing tasks of description, definition, and argumentation should help you think critically about a particular hypothesis. This is exactly what the assignment is promotes and what has been shown to improve writing quality (Hillocks, 1984). Once you have submitted the assignment, you will get feedback on the quality of your writing in terms of your skill in description, definition and argumentation. You will also get feedback on the quality of the research material you read/described to generate the writing content you did.
Questions to Answer
1. What is the...