Psychology of Learning

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Short paper guidance ** Spring 06

Short essay guidance: The following provides some practical information and general guidance on the writing requirements for this course.
Two short essays are required for this course. Each essay is worth 15 points, or 30 points total, and comprise 30% of your grade. The first paper, due on 17 February, should be drawn from any of the suggested topics for Chapters 1 – 3, or 7 – 9. The second paper, due on 21 April, should be drawn from any of the suggested topics listed for Chapters 10 – 13, 15, or 16.

Your short essays should reflect your role of student as interpreter, thinker, and explainer of the topic you have chosen. The essay inevitably has about it a whiff of argument; it is not simply description or opinion.

The paper should be about 1200 – 1500 words, or 3 ½ -- 4 ½ pages when double spaced with a standard font size and standard margins. Put your name, course and section number, and turn in date at the top right of the first page. Next, to ensure the reader/grader is clear about your topic, type out the chapter number/title and topic you have selected for your essay as it appears below. Number the pages on the bottom right side of the paper. Before you turn the paper in, proof read it, do a word count, a spell check, and make sure it looks okay. Make sure the completed paper is stapled together at the upper left corner.

Chapter 1: Perspective, theory and methods
•The sociological perspective helps us recognize that the lives of individuals are shaped by the forces of society. Explain, in a short essay, how the sociological perspective reveals "the general in the particular." To illustrate, explain how society played a part in your own decision to attend college. •Point out what the approach of a sociologist who is influenced by the structural-functional approach (say, Emile Durkheim) has in common with the approach of a sociologist influenced by the social-conflict approach (say, Karl Marx)....
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