My topic: Communication Accommodation Theory
Exploration of current research relevant to course material
Application of textbook content
Development of research and writing skills
Directions: Draw on your five journal summaries on your communication topic.
Write a 5-7 page paper (do not count title page or reference list, and do not include an abstract page). Follow all APA guidelines. Paper must be double spaced, one inch margins, 12-point font, left justified text). For style, see an APA sample paper here.
Carefully check that you have each piece of information outlined below. Your paper should follow this outline; use the topics in bold as your section headers. The paper is worth 200 pts:
Introduction – 20 pts – should be only a paragraph or two
Thesis (what is the main topic) – 5
Definition of concepts (if necessary, define the topic or other important terms)- 5
Importance of topic (explain why the topic matters)- 5
Preview main points (be clear here, e.g. “this paper will address, A, B, and C…”) – 5
Review of Literature – 50 pts – Group your summaries together into two or three main ideas (use subheadings, talk about them in groups, not one by one). This will be 3-4 pages long. Do not use article titles or authors’ first names. See APA
Summary of all required articles (50 points – 10/article)
Clearly explain Variables studied, Methods used, and Results found
Evaluation and Synthesis of Research – (10 points) (In one or two paragraphs, talk about the articles all together… what are they saying? what remains unclear?) This should lead to the research question (next step)
Similarities / differences, Strength and weaknesses
What remains unanswered?
Proposed Research Question – (10 points) This is one simple sentence.
Follows from review of literature/address unanswered ideas
Written clearly and concisely, logical
Testable, and does not make value judgments
Propose Two Hypothetical Ways to Answer RQ – (30 points/15 each) The two methods should be from two different chapters (8-11). More detail is better.
Clearly explain method one: Procedures, population or universe, measures, sample, etc.
Clearly explain method two Procedures, population or universe, measures, sample, etc.
Conclusion – 20 pts
Discussion of what was missing or unanswered in the articles you found, and how your proposed research can advance understanding beyond those. Suggest additional directions for future research beyond everything discussed
Reference list and in-text citations in APA – 20 pts
Writing style – 40 pts
Coherence in argument and organization – 10pts
(group articles somehow – include subheadings)
Correct grammar, punctuation, syntax, spelling, etc. – 30pts
*Extra points may be deducted for incorrect paper length, or egregious errors in any category.
use quotations (avoid)
use the word “prove” (say show, support, etc.)
start sentence with numerals (write out)
use article titles
use authors’ first names
use first person (I, we, us, etc.)