I have attached the article that needs to be used at the bottom of this assignment.
Step One (required): Please watch this youtube video (https://youtu.be/uxKZ_DFaGlI ) that outlines the overall project for you. I recorded this for a *different* on-line class, so the info. will vary ‘a bit’. However, for the most part, the info. applies to this class as well.
Step Two (required): Please review this description of the assignment (Assignment adapted from Marc W. Patry at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada). You should prepare concise (maximum 6 double-spaced typed pages, standard margins and 12-point font size) papers which include four enumerated sections: 1) summary and analysis (e.g., strengths & weaknesses) of a primary-source empirical article related to personality psychology that I assign, 2) tie-in between the article I assign and a concept from the assigned reading that we discuss in class, 3) relationship between the article I assign and a recent news story that you find on your own (attach a newspaper clipping to your paper), and 4) some connection of this topical area to your own life and personal interests.
These elements must be enumerated in your papers. Basically, these papers require you to digest a study related to personality psychology and to connect it to the assigned reading, to current events, and to something about yourself. Feel free to be creative about how you meet these objectives. I expect these papers to be highly varied, colorful, thoughtful and well written. Make sure to have fun with these papers! Your grades for these papers will be on a 30-point basis: up to six points for each of the four elements, and up to six points for writing (e.g., grammar, flow). These papers are to be no longer than six double-spaced typed pages of text (12-point font, standard margins). Be aware that you will be penalized if you exceed the six-page text limit (or effectively exceed it by using less than double spacing, reducing margin size or text size, etc.).
Step Three (optional): Please watch this Youtube video to learn more about reading empirical journal articles (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2K6mJkSWoA). Journal articles are not the same as popular press articles (e.g., magazine articles). If you have limited prior experience with reading and reviewing journal articles, you may find it helpful to take a look at the Youtube video that is linked above. That video outlines the major parts of the empirical journal articles and how to effectively direct your attention as you read these types of articles. The following also is another Youtube video that you might want to check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BuE138KK18.
Step Four (optional): Please take a look at some examples; I’ve posted two on the BB page for this class. Please feel free to take a look at these as you begin to prepare your own papers. A word to the wise: DO NOT use these papers as word-for-word templates. Instead, use them as examples for formatting your paper.
Step Five (required): This is the article about which you will write your paper. Read the whole thing so that your review can reflect depth (and be eligible for full credit). Panagopoulos, C., & Lehrfeld J.M. (2015) Big Five Personality Traits and Occupy Wall Street. Psychology,06,1597-1563. doi: 10.4236/psych.2015.615193
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