Research & Research Report• You will work in groups to complete originalresearch which can consist of an experiment ora field study.
An Experiment• In an experiment, you must have a clearresearch question. For example, does sugarand candy make kids hyper? To answer yourquestion, you will have an experimentalsituation or a group and a control situation orgroup. In the experimental situation or group,you apply the treatment, whereas in thecontrol situation or group, there will be notreatment.
Procedure of Experiment• The treatment may consist of a substance thatis eaten or drunk, exercise, special behaviouror any other special treatment.• You then compare the experimental situationor group to the control situation or groupduring or after the treatment.
A Field Study• In a field study, you will study a situation tounderstand how it changes and develops. In afield study, you must identify a clear point offocus, a research question. What exactly areyou observing? For example, what areQuebecers’ attitudes to immigrants? Or, whichgender has a better short term memory?
Your Report• Your Report: You and your partners will writea report about your research. This report mustbe detailed enough that anyone could replicateyour research. It should consist of AT LEAST500 words. The main parts of your report willbe:
The Introduction• What are you studying?• What motivated your research?• Why is this research worthwhile?• If you have a hypothesis, what is it?
The Method• Exactly what did you do to answer your research question?• Who or what were your research subjects?• What was the treatment?• How did you administer it?• What instruments did you use?• Did the subjects know the purpose of the experiment or study?• What questions did you ask?• When, where, and how did you ask them?• Think about what the reader needs to know to be able toreplicate your research?
The Method• When you describe the methods used in yourresearch, you do not have to answer all thequestions on the previous slide.• Think about which details might influence theresults of your experience. Those detailsshould be mentioned.
The Results• Exactly what did you find?• Observe carefully.• Present any statistics you have gathered or typicalanswers to your questions.• Think about what the reader needs to know in orderto see if her replication of your experiment producedthe same results.
The Conclusion• What should we understand from these results?• Why are they interesting?• What might explain these results?• What can we learn from this experiment?• What further research is necessary?
Appendices• An appendix might be included.• It should include anything that you used that is notcentral to the method or results. For example, itmight present all the questions and all the answers tothe questions.
Due Dates• The research proposal must be submitted inweek 8 or earlier.• The reports must be submitted in week 11.