What policies should be in place for the use or non-use of human embryos for medical research?
- Introduction (APA 2.05)
- Although not labeled with a heading on your paper, this section will introduce your problem and provide your specific research question that will be developed throughout the paper.
- Defend the importance of the topic. Give a broad overview of the scope of the work you are reviewing. Clarify what learning theory you are looking at and the importance it has in your educational field.
- It is always best to place the research question at the end of the introduction. This serves as a transition into the rest of the paper, which supports the research question.
- Headings (APA 3.02)
To ensure that your paper meets the requirements of the rubric, the following elements must be clearly identified with headings.
- Learning Theory Association
- When reading through your sources, you want to remember that you are looking for the “big picture,” not a collection of random, separate articles. You are looking for common themes and patterns in the research as a whole.
- Spend more time on the people and works that are considered most important in the field and/or that are most relevant.
- Identify theoretical frameworks of researchers for your learning theory or theories by discussing foundational principles.
- Define Key Terms
- Define terms that will be important for your study
- Gaps in the Research
- What areas of your topic are still in need of further research? (Usually, this can be found in the very last section of academic journal articles, labeled “future research.”)
- Biblical Worldview
- From a biblical worldview perspective, what are the issues with the learning theory or theories you have discussed?
- Identify from the Sire text the worldview most appropriate to the influential founders(s) of the learning theory.
- Offer alternative ideas which incorporate a solid biblical worldview perspective. The use of Scripture is appropriate in this section.
- Your conclusion must relate to the introduction in some way so that your paper displays coherence.
- If your introduction included a metaphor, quote, theme, etc., it is appropriate to integrate that again.
- References (APA 6.22-6.32)
- Use a variety of sources, such as the following:
- Textbooks for this course
- Your methods and psychology textbooks
- The Bible (Current APA style permits you to cite the Bible in the body of the paper, but it is not to be listed on the reference page.)
- Educational journals
- Books you have read that have influenced your worldview or educational philosophy
- Do not use Wikipedia or other wiki-type pages as sources in an academic paper. Because it is an open environment, the information is constantly being changed by registered users and is not always reliable.
- Include at least 10 scholarly references, and make sure at least 6 of those references are scholarly journal articles. Variation of references is important; use at least 1 book, 1 academic journal, and 1 online source.
- Use a variety of sources, such as the following:
- Point Of View
When writing in current APA Style, you can use the first person point of view when discussing your research steps (“I studied . . .”) and when referring to yourself and your co-authors (“We examined the literature . . .”). Use the first person to discuss research steps rather than anthropomorphizing the work. For example, a study cannot “control” or “interpret,” but you and your co-authors, however, can.
- Tense (APA 3.18)
Current APA style requires authors to use the past tense or present perfect tense when using signal phrases to describe earlier research, for example, Jones (1998) found or Jones (1998) has found…
- Pronoun Usage
Common writing problems include pronoun-antecedent agreement and the gender issue of “he or she.”
- Gender Issue (APA 3.12)
It is considered sexist if you repeatedly use singular antecedents and follow them up with masculine pronouns. For example, “Each teacher should manage his own classroom.” It is also problematic if you redundantly use “he or she” and “his or her.” (Do not use “he/she” or “his/her.”) Some writers solve this by stating to the reader that, for simplicity’s sake, the pronouns will be masculine or will rotate periodically between masculine and feminine. This can be awkward and cumbersome. However, there is a better solution.
- Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement (APA 3.20)
- Pronouns must agree in number with their antecedents. It is incorrect to write, “Each teacher [singular] should manage their [plural] own classroom.”
- To assist in avoiding both of these problems, it is recommended that you write in plural as consistently as possible. For instance, use students, principals, teachers, parents, schools, etc., instead of their singular counterparts. Follow these antecedents up with “they” or “their.” This avoids the gender issue altogether. When you find that you must use a singular, you may periodically use “he or she” or simply restructure the sentence to avoid the “he or she” if possible. Rare use of this phrase is acceptable.
- Academic Integrity (APA 6.01)
Plagiarized papers will be rejected. Each paper will be evaluated for originality by SafeAssign, which reports to the instructor the degree to which your paper is suspected of plagiarism. The following tips will help you avoid any problems with plagiarism:
- Direct Quotations (APA 6.03): No more than 10 percent of your paper may be made up of direct quotations. Short quotations must be in quotation marks, and longer quotations must be indented. If you do not set off direct quotations in this manner and cite them, you have plagiarized.
- Ideas and Facts (APA 6.04): If the idea or fact is not your own, you must cite its source. When not directly quoting, you should summarize or analyze the idea in your own words.
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