Introduction and Hypothesis Lab
For this lab, you will practice conducting a literature review and analysis as well as writing an introduction section.
You were assigned to read three articles: Hartwig & Dunlosky (2012); Karpicke et al. (2009); and Roediger & Karpicke (2006). These three articles should be supplemented by an additional two journal articles that you find by researching the literature. You will fill out a summary chart about each of the articles and then translate your five articles into a mini-introduction section that culminates in at least one testable hypothesis.
Basic Mini-Introduction Section Outline:
- Set-up the problem – what overall broad topic is being studied and why is it important?
- Here, set up the broadest topic for which you have evidentiary support
- Identify an area to look into more specifically to transition into Topic #2
good topic paragraph typically includes the following elements:
- Transition that links current paragraph’s ideas to previous one
- Makes a clear point with a series of linked ideas/studies.
- Paragraphs should focus on one idea/argument
- Transition that leads to or sets up next idea
- Present the evidence to support this topic and explain how it furthers our understanding of Topic #1
- Use this topic to narrow onto the focus of the hypothesis you wish to test
purpose of current research study
- What has past research focused upon
- Point out holes in past research or how your research in next logical step
- What your study will do to address this issue
- Present research hypotheses and justify – e.g., “given x, it is believed y”
- Present purpose of current research study
We will fill in some of this outline as a class.
This assignment will be graded based on the following elements:
summary chart (5 pts)
- All squares are completely and accurately filled in (4)
- Two additional peer-review journal articles are completed (1)
Format (10 pts)
- Running head and page numbers are present, and properly formatted. (2)
- Cover page is properly formatted and includes all necessary information. (2)
- Font, margins, and spacing follow proper APA guidelines. (2)
- References are properly formatted and ordered. (4)
- At least five relevant articles are discussed in an appropriate level of detail. (8)
- The aims of the current study are clearly linked to the existing body of literature. (10)
- The hypothesis is stated clearly and explicitly at the end of the Introduction. (7)
- In-text citations are properly utilized, positioned, and formatted. (5)
- The writing is clear and free from spelling, grammatical, and mechanical errors. (5)