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Synthesis Paper Instructions The purposes of this assignment are to: • Demonstrate proper use of current APA format in a term paper. • Demonstrate proper use of one of the research methods studied in this course—specifically, the case study. • Reflect on what you have learned in this course. • Reflect on the course content as critiqued from a biblical, Christian perspective. Instructions: Using a case study approach, write a 4–8-page research-based paper using yourself as the research subject by answering the assigned research questions: • What have you learned about research at an introductory level? • How do you evaluate or critique this from a biblical, Christian perspective? You will use the APA skills that you honed during Module/Week 3, the case study skills you developed in Module/Week 5, and all the content you studied throughout all the modules/weeks of this course. Current APA format needs to be demonstrated in all aspects of this assignment. Your paper must include a properly-formatted title page, 4–8 pages of content with proper citations and levels of headings, and a reference page. Be sure to cite enough references to sufficiently support your paper. Maintain consistency between your citations and reference page. You may use your Discussion Board Forum posts and additional personal reflection. Your answer will be unlike anyone else’s, and that is what is expected. Your assignment will be checked for plagiarism. Note: Some matching on the Safe-Assign report is not unexpected. You will be citing sources that others may have used in other papers, so some matches might appear. Your instructor will be able to discern what is appropriate matching due to properly cited sources. This assignment is open-book/open-notes, open-Bible, open to discussion with friends, etc. Be sure to document your sources when you use the textbook or other material from this course, personal interviews with friends, etc. This assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 7.

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LESSONS LEARNED ABOUT WRITING STYLE Lessons Learned about Writing Style name Liberty University Author’s Note Sharon Jamison, Liberty University Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Sharon Jamison, Liberty University, Holly Hill, SC 29059 Contact: jamison9591@gmail.com 1 LESSONS LEARNED ABOUT WRITING STYLE 2 Questions and Answers What are the APA Publication Manual’s Guidelines for Formatting a Printed Book? The guidelines and examples for formatting a printed book are found on page 203 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. The formatting includes the author, date of publication, title of work, location and publisher. The author is written last name first, then initials and is followed with the publication date in parenthesis and a period. The title follows the date along with the location of publication and publisher. Information pertaining to editions, volume numbers and page numbers are placed in parenthesis following the title followed by a period. The Books should be alphabetizes using the author or editors last name. If no author or editor is present, the first significant word of the title should be used. An example of the formatting is included below. American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. Why are Different Levels of Headings Used and When are they Used? The American Psychological Association (APA) allows for five different levels of headings. The headings serve as an outline of the topics discussed throughout the paper. Each major section of a paper starts with the highest level of heading and subheadings are used to divide the content of the section (American Psychological Association, 2010). For example, the title uses a level one heading and the discussion topics use level two headings. Headings that fall under the discussion topics use level three headings. What is a DOI and Why is it Important? The acronym DOI stands for digital object identifiers. The DOI is a unique alphanumeric code assigned by a registration agency for the purpose of identifying content and providing a link LESSONS LEARNED ABOUT WRITING STYLE to its Internet location (American Psychological Association, 2010). The use of a DOI is important for the management of content by publishers and for referencing content. The DOI is important to researchers because it shows where to find the content. What Types of Resources are Available from the Jerry Falwell Library? The Jerry Falwell Library makes several resources available for research. The resources provided are books and media, articles, journal titles and databases where information can be found. Where can Resources be Found that are not Available in the Jerry Falwell Library? Resources not available in the Jerry Falwell Library can be found at local libraries, via the Internet, and through personal communication. Where can Information be Found on Properly Formatting the Following References? Proper formatting and in-text citations for each of the references can be found in the Publication Manual. Introduction to Research textbook The information on how to format the Information to Research textbook is located on pages 202-203. Information for proper in-text formatting is found on pages 174-177. The APA Publication Manual The information on how to format the APA Publication Manual is located on pages 202-203. Information for proper in-text formatting is found on pages 174-177. Scholarly journal article with a DOI The information on how to format a scholarly journal article with DOI is located on pages 198-199. Information for proper in-text formatting is found on pages 174-177. Personal conversation 3 LESSONS LEARNED ABOUT WRITING STYLE Personal communication is only cited in the text as noted on page 174. Information for proper in-text formatting is found on pages 179. An edited book The information on how to format an edited book is located on pages 202-205. Information for proper in-text formatting is found on pages 174-177. 4 LESSONS LEARNED ABOUT WRITING STYLE References American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. Crawford, R. (2016). Introduction to Research: Less Fright More Insight. Dubuqua, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. 5 Running head: CASE STUDY 1 Case Study: A Method for Conducting Research name Liberty University Author’s Note Sharon Jamison, Liberty University Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Sharon Jamison, Liberty University, Holly Hill, SC 29059 Contact: jamison9591@gmail.com CASE STUDY 2 Case Study: A Method for Conducting Research Case Study Defined The term, case study, is defined several different ways. It is a research method that is applied in an extensive scope of disciplines including the field of Psychology. Many of the well known case studies carried out in psychology were conducted by Sigmund Freud and it is still used as one of the main methods for investigation in abnormal psychology and psychiatry (McLoad, 2008). Crawford defines case study as a method of research that involves thorough observation of an animal, event, individual or treatment method (Crawford, 2016). In The Art of Case Study Research, Stake defines case study as “the process of learning and the case and the product of our learning” (Crowe, Cresswell, Robertson, Huby, Avery & Sheikh, 2011). The method of case study is most often used when the event is usual and rare, but it can also be used for practical applications such as how individuals react to certain medications. Logic for Use of Case Study Approach There are as many reasons for using the case study approach as there are definitions. One reason why researchers use the case study method is because of the valuable and reliable information that can be discovered. Yin claims that case studies should be used because they describe, explain, and explore what is being studied in the daily context that they happen in. They also offer supplementary insights into any existing gaps in its delivery (Crowe, Cresswell, Robertson, Huby, Avery & Sheikh, 2011). Another reason would be that with a case study, researchers focus solely on the subject at hand. The approach also allows for very private information and personal insight to be obtained through techniques such as interviews and personal correspondence. Pros and Cons of Case Study Approach CASE STUDY 3 Advantages According to Crawford (2016), a major advantage to the case study approach is that rare events are able to be studied that would be unethical to study in any other way. McLoad (2008) adds to this claiming that case studies also provide detailed information that is rich in quality and provides insight for more in-depth research. The approach also allows for data collected being analyzed using different theories such as grounded theory or interpretative phenomenological analysis. Disadvantages A major criticism of the case study approach is that it cannot generalize the results to the wider population because the unusual events may not affect everyone the same way. Another is that it is often difficult to replicate the study so that the data can be verified. The data collected may be influenced by researcher bias and there is no way to verify if this has happened. The case study approach may also be time consuming because the event could happen over a short period of time or over the subjects lifetime (McLoad, 2008). Another disadvantage is that the cause of the behavior or incident is not always known (Crawford, 2016). Sources of Information Available for Use In order to get a complete understanding of the case, multiple sources of evidence are used. A range of quantitative and qualitative techniques are used to increase the internal validity of a study (Crowe, Cresswell, Robertson, Huby, Avery & Sheikh, 2011). Researchers can gather information through observation of daily activities, unstructured interviews with participants, personal writing of subject and official documents such as medical records and school reports CASE STUDY (McLeod, 2008). Additional information can be collected from individuals that have also observed the phenomenon or event through interviews and questionnaires. 4 CASE STUDY 5 References Crawford, R. (2016). Introduction to Research: Less Fright More Insight. Dubuqua, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. Crowe, S., Cresswell, K., Robertson, A., Huby, G., Avery, A., & Sheikh, A. (2011). The case study approach. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 11(100). doi:10.1186/1471-2288-11-100 McLeod, S. (2008). Case Study Method in Psychology | Simply Psychology. Retrieved from http://www.simplypsychology.org/case-study.html ...
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