Psychology Final Project
Project Option: Research Project (In groups of up to 3 students)
"What are you interested in exploring further in psychology?”
This project is for those of you who want to create your own psychology research study or experiment. This project allows you to explore your own interests or build upon already existing studies in psychology. You will conduct the research study and then present your findings to the class.
Psychology Course/Purpose: Psychology is defined as the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. In a high school psychology course, students are introduced to the scientific method and the core ideas and theories of psychology. As a result, students gain an understanding of the complexities and diversity of human thought and behavior.
- Deeper content knowledge of Psychology
- Research skills at the beginner level
- Collaboration within a group
(1) Research Question: How does the school start time affect academic performance in students?
(2) Research Question: How do pets and pet therapy affect one’s mental health?
(3) Research Question: What is the effect of noise distraction on test scores?
Assessment Grade for the 4th Quarter: 25 Points
Criteria for Success:
- Review Unit 1: Intro to Psychology & Scientific Inquiry (Modules 2 and 3) to help guide and focus your research skills.
- Choose a topic that you’re interested in and create a research question.
- Submit your Research Design Plan ASAP (see attached file). This must be approved before you begin conducting the research! [5 points]
- Conduct the research (experiment, surveys, case study, etc.).
**If you plan to conduct a survey, YOU MUST provide a sample survey to Ms. Goelz AND at least 5 recipients to determine whether your questions are helpful to your research. There is nothing more disappointing than learning that your questions and participant responses do not help answer your research question.
- Write and submit your Research Conclusions. See below for requirements (about 3-5 pages total). [10 points]
- Present your Research and Research Conclusions to the class. See below for requirements. [8 points]
- Complete the Self-Assessment. [2 points]
Research Conclusions Paper Requirements: Your paper (one for the group) should include the following information, but will be mainly based upon your Research Design Plan. This paper is roughly 3-5 pages, double-space, total. [10 points]
___1. Introduction: State your research question and provide a background about the topic that you’re researching and why you pursued it. Cite and explain the previous studies. Provide your hypothesis and what you think the results will be. (~1 page)
___2. Methodology: State the type of research that you conducted and the procedure of your study in great detail. Discuss the ethical considerations here too. (1-2 pages)
___3. Results, Discussion, and Conclusions Section: Start by stating whether your hypothesis was confirmed or rejected. Then present the raw data that justifies the conclusion. Discuss whether you believe the results were valid, and why you think that they turned out the way that they did. Did your results confirm previous studies in this topic of study? Are these results applicable to the larger population, why or why not? Are there any practical applications of these results? (1-2 pages)
Present Your Research and Research Conclusions to the Class Requirements: [8 points]
**Each group member must participate in the presentation. **Any members of the group that do not participate in the presentation will NOThave an opportunity to earn points for this portion of their assessment, except excused by a doctor’s note. Field trips are not a doctor’s note. **Any late presentations will be reduced by 20%.
___ Your presentation should:
- Be about 5-7 minutes in length
- Convey your original research question, your original hypothesis, and previous research on this topic
- Convey your methodology
- Convey your findings, conclusions, and applicability to human behavior
- Must include images, data, and/or other evidence to convey your topic. Make sure that these images, data, and other evidence are big enough to be seen in the classroom. Will you use the SMART board? Will you create a poster? With either one, images, data, and graphs, etc. are more effective than words to convey your message.
- Include an ability to answer questions about your topic
Tips for Handing Out Surveys
- Decide whether an electronic survey or a paper survey would be best suited to your research question. Remember, if you use an electronic survey, these sites often allow you to analyze the results more easily.
- Include retrieval information on each survey. For example, Return to Room 608, or include Block, etc.
- Consider how much time it takes to take the survey and approach individuals or teachers politely, understanding their time constraints.
- Consider providing the context to others/teachers who your group is asking to give the survey. Say that you're conducting research in Psychology, etc.
- When receiving surveys, are you maintaining anonymity? For example, are you right there ready to take their survey, or have you created a box for survey results?
***6. Conduct a SAMPLE SURVEY to at least 5 people and provide to Ms. Goelz.
Final Project Self-Assessment
Written Portions of the Project (Based off of LE 1 & LE 3)
2: Needs Improvement
Are my ideas, examples, and details clear, and do they capture the reader’s attention?
This piece is clear, focused, and holds the reader’s attention. Relevant examples and details enrich the central idea, and showcase the writer’s knowledge of the subject.
The writer has sufficiently defined the topic and supports it with details or examples. The reader has a good understanding of the writer’s intent.
The writer has defined the topic in a way that shows inconsistencies. Some arguments are weak, illogical, or unconvincing.
The piece lacks a sense of clear purpose or central theme. To extract meaning from the text, the reader must make inferences based on sketchy or missing details.
Makes inferences, identifies patterns, and draws conclusions
Makes perceptive inferences, identifies complex patterns, and draws insightful conclusions.
Makes appropriate inferences, identifies patterns, and draws reasonable conclusions.
Makes few appropriate inferences, identifies only basic patterns, and/or draws weak conclusions.
Makes few or no inferences, can not identify patterns or draw conclusions.
Presentation (Based off of LE 2: Communicate and Listen Effectively)
Effectively delivers a presentation
Uses effective skills to hold audience attention. Speaks with fluidity, clarity, and emphasis, using appropriate volume, pronunciation, enunciation, inflection and tone
Articulates Research topic well.
Uses skills to hold audience attention. Speaks with clarity, using appropriate volume, pronunciation, enunciation, inflection, and tone.
Articulates Research topic appropriately.
Limited use of skills to hold audience attention. Volume, pronunciation, enunciation, inflection, and tone vary in quality.
Articulates Research topic ineffectively
Little use of skills to hold audience attention. Volume, pronunciation, enunciation, inflection, and tone are flat and or ineffective in getting listener’s attention. Does not articulate Research topic
Effectively demonstrates content of presentation
Demonstrates full knowledge of topic and answers all questions with developed explanations; information is presented in an effective and coherent manner.
Demonstrates knowledge of topic and responds to questions; information is presented in a coherent manner.
Demonstrates limited knowledge of topic; presentation of information needs better organization.
Demonstrates insufficient knowledge of topic; presentation of information lacks organization.
If I could give MYSELF a final grade for this project, it would be_____(number 1-25) because…(Remember, I should take into consideration the research, meeting deadlines, our presentation, and completion of the Self-Assessment)
Final Project: Research Project Option
Criteria for Success
Research Design Plan & Submission Component:
a. Completed According to Requirements
Written Research Conclusions Component:
c. Results, Discussion, & Conclusions
Criteria for Success
a. 5-7 minutes in length
b. Research Q, Hypothesis, Previous Research
d. Findings/Conclusions & Applicability to Human Behavior
f. Can Answer Qs About Topic