Description PART A – POWERPOINT I. Define Your Position: a. What is the topic? Provide an overview of the disorder. What are the causes and symptoms, and how is it diagnosed? b. What is your thesis-driven argument regarding the topic? c. What logical and appropriate assertions support your topic? d. What precisely selected research can be referenced to support your assertions, and vice versa? II. Evaluate Issues, Challenges, Problems, Treatments, Opportunities, and Solutions: a. Describe issues related to the topic—misdiagnosis, over-diagnosis, stigmatization, etc. b. Analyze challenges posed to children or teens, and their families. c. Assess additional problems associated with the disorder (without yet devising solutions, for that is to come). d. Describe treatments and methods of care available. e. Analyze opportunities for caregivers. III. Conclude with the Most Up-to-Date Research: a. Identify the most recent understanding of how to move forward regarding the topic. b. Describe what can be done now. c. Estimate what will hopefully be learned in the future. References Damiano, C. R., Mazefsky, C. A., White, S. W., & Dichter, G. S. (2014). Future Directions for Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Clinical and Adolescent Psychology, 828-843. Mahajnah, M., Sharkia, R., Shalabe, H., Terkel-Dawer, R., Akawi, A., & Zelnik, N. (2015). Clinical Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Israel: Impact of Ethnic and Social Diversities. Biomed Research International, 1-7. Thurm, A. (2012). The importance of autism research. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 219-222. Part A continue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOJvnsG2ubA Discuss current changes to the criteria previously used to diagnose and treat autism. How was autism diagnosed and treated previously? How will it be diagnosed and treated now? What factors influence ASD? Explain. (tutor may use other websites) PART B Researchers often go through several stages of data analysis and often conduct many different statistical tests to examine the data. For this discussion, find a journal article and analyze the results section of the article. Your article may use any type of research method, but it should not be a review article. Answer the following questions in your analysis. What were the independent and dependent variables in the study? Note that independent and dependent variables would only need to be identified in experimental designs. Summarize the statistical measures the authors used and what the findings were. Were the results statistically significant? Explain your answer. Do the results support the hypothesis? Explain your answer. What future directions might the research take given the findings? Part B continue Introduction a. Literature Review b. Hypothesis 2. Methods a. Methodology b. Data Collection 3. Discussion Specifically the following critical elements must be addressed: I. Introduction A. Identify and briefly summarize the topic related to psychology, which you will study. B. Summarize articles relevant to the topic you want to research. C. Discuss the bias and limitations present in the articles. Support your discussion with specific examples from the articles. D. Discuss the other factors present in the articles that might impact the credibility of those articles. Support your discussion with specific examples from the articles. 1. Explain how the bias and limitations may inform or influence your research. 2. Summarize the research design and methods described in these articles. 3. Discuss the appropriateness of the research design and methods in these articles. Were they appropriate for the research questions and hypotheses? 4. Discuss whether or not the research design and methods in these articles align to the expectations of the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists. Support your discussion with specific examples from the articles. 5. Based on your evaluation of these articles, discuss which research design and methods you feel will be most appropriate for the research you want to conduct. 6. Explain the steps you will take to ensure your research aligns to the expectations of the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists. E. Hypothesis 1. State your hypothesis. The hypothesis should be logical and appropriate to the topic you want to research. 2. Explain where your hypothesis fits in the context of the literature reviewed. 3. Discuss specific examples from relevant literature that support your hypothesis. II. Methods A. Methodology 1. Explain the research design and method you selected, and justify why they are appropriate for your research. 2. Discuss the research participants who will be involved in your study, including how they will be selected and how many will be used. B. Data Collection 1. Describe your sampling frame. 2. Discuss the data collection instrument you will use and how the data collected will address your hypothesis. 3. Explain how you will ensure the protection of participants in your study and adherence to the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists. III. Discussion A. Using the articles you previously evaluated, explain how the evidence presented by the authors of the articles supports your research proposal. B. Explain how you would appropriately convey your research findings to your audience. How would this be written? What aspects of the research would be referenced? C. Explain what further research could be conducted that goes beyond or in a different direction than your research proposal.
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