Guidelines for Research Paper
To compose this paper you must read “Raising Children Who Think for Themselves,” by Elisa Medhus, M.D. and also be up to date with readings in Berger, our main textbook.
Both books are required for this paper, as both are expected to be utilized throughout this paper.
I. General Instructions:
For this assignment you will write a research-based report answering specific questions about the concepts from the Medhus book in detail, while incorporating theory and course concepts from our textbook (Berger) throughout your written presentation.
Please note that you will be uploading your final document for grading (by your professor) and also to a discussion board for review by your peers, so that we can discuss your learning as a class. Keep this in mind when writing your paper so as not to include any details you would not want the class to read.
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II. Suggestions on How to Best Proceed with Your Research Paper:
Read and Review the Medhus book carefully (read thoroughly) taking pertinent notes paying special attention to details related to elements in assigned questions and the assignment rubric. Then find concepts, ideas and theory in the Berger textbook to help support, disagree with, or further explain ideas presented in the Medhus book. This is critical!
Compose each portion of the paper:
Introduction: write an introduction that clarifies the purpose and content of the paper.
Overview: provide a brief overview of the book.
Main Body of Paper: compose answers to the 10 questions you choose to address, being sure to thoroughly and substantively integrate course concepts, theories and ideas from our Berger textbook that connect with answers to the questions you are addressing from the Medhus book utilizing proper in-text citations (APA style). You must answer at least 10 questions out of the 19 and your paper should be in an essay format. It should be very easy for the professor to see that you have answered 10 questions. Organize your paper well and consider using headings.
Conclusion: write conclusion answering the mandatory questions substantively, clearly and thoughtfully.
Reference Page: create APA style reference page clarifying what sources you used in creating this paper. If you did not cite the author in-text, do not include the reference.
Review and Edit your paper and be sure you have substantive answers, have integrated course research throughout and that your own voice is made clear as well. Also, be sure your paper is free of grammar/punctuation errors, flows well, is well organized and meets each criterion identified in the Assignment Rubric. I recommend leaving at least 3-5 days for review and changes.
Double check all guidelines and Assignment Rubric and then submit for grading on or before the deadline. Again, note that you will need to keep a copy to upload to the group discussion when the time comes as well (see course schedule for “Research Paper Peer Review”).
III. Additional Formatting Guidelines/Tips/Gifts:
Paper must be from 7-10 pages (no more, no less). 12 font, double spaced and completed in Microsoft Word or as a PDF. Title page and reference page do not count in this number.
Tip: The most frequent reason I have noted that students go over the page limit is because of the choice to include too much regurgitation of concepts from Medhus. Do NOT make this mistake, as the rubric clearly indicates a large number of points attached to this element. Instead, address questions by utilizing course concepts from Berger and your own personal life (i.e., from your own experience of being parented or as a parent (should you have children), or both, as well as other creative examples).
Cite Berger and Medhus properly and frequently throughout your paper. Be sure to write your responses in essay format and use proper APA format for all in-text citations and references.
Tip: This is an area where students can loose substantial points due to not included adequate support from Berger, as concepts from Medhus are being presented. Do NOT make this mistake, as the rubric clearly indicates a large number of points attached to this element. Incorporate concepts, theories and ideas from Berger, as you address each question from Medhus.
Gift: here is an example of the proper in-text, APA citation/reference for each book (two main sources for this paper). Note that the publication date may differ depending on version of the book you might have.
The appropriate reference for the Medhus book is:
Medhus, E. (2012). Raising children who think for themselves. New York, New York: Atria Books.
In -text citation it would look like this:
The appropriate reference for the Berger textbook is:
Berger, K. (2016). Invitation to the Life Span. (3nd ed.). New York, New York: Worth Publishing.
In-text citation it would look like this:
Assignment Rubric (400 points)
Provides intro including purpose and content of paper and brief overview of book.
Offers thorough discussion of each question and includes integration of course concepts and theories with in-text citations from Berger textbook to back up thoughts, positions and assertions throughout paper. Information presented is well integrated with research from Berger, not just regurgitated from Medhus.
Provides evidence of critical thinking integrating examples from personal life and the lives of others with to add meaning to the presented material throughout paper. Utilizing examples from childhood or experience with parenting or both.
Answers questions in clear, substantive, concise manner (not overly wordy but also substantive). Excessive use of direct quotes is avoided.
Composes thoughtful, substantive and well-written conclusion that answers all (5) necessary questions substantively.
Offers well written, cohesive, organized and easy to follow paper
Follows APA format is followed (format, citations, references)
Length from 7-10 pages of actual writing (no more, no less). 12 font, double-spaced and completed in Microsoft Word.
Questions to Answer:
Questions here are derived from the Medhus book.
Answers should be to be supported by the Berger Textbook.
Choose at least 10 of the 19 questions listed to respond to in your research paper. Remember to incorporate Berger as you respond to each question.
1. What was the motivation behind this book (according to the author)? Can you relate to the reasons why the author wrote this book? Be specific.
2. Discuss the Five Essential qualities of Self Directed Children. Which do you believe is the most important and why?
3. What is the difference between Internal and External directed? Discuss the “Critical Crossroads”, its significance and when it occurs.
4. With regard to creating the proper family environment to foster Self-Directed thinking, name 3 behaviors parents can eliminate that promote External Direction. Discuss the one you find most damaging and why. Be specific with your reasoning.
5. Discuss Repression and Domination as discussed in the book. What type of parenting might each correlate with in our text?
6. Of the six habits parents use to tell their children how to think, behave and feel, were any familiar to you (were they used on you growing up)? If so, how did that impact you? Why do you think your parents chose to use those tactics on you? Tip: It is important to consider motivation.
7. How can parents encourage Introspection? Why is this important?
8. According to the author, when should you Praise/Reward your child and when should you not? What is her reasoning? Do you agree or disagree? Why? Be specific.
9. How can a parent de-rail unhealthy Internal Dialogue? Why is this an important task to do with children?
10. What is “Natural Intuition” and why do we need it? Are you able to employ your Natural Intuition? How do you think that impacts your daily life?
11. How can we teach children Empathy? Discuss the Empathy Triad.
12. What is “Benevolent Selfishness” and how is it different from “Selfishness?”
13. What is the difference between Punishment and Discipline? To be effective and not damaging with discipline, how should discipline be delivered and what should it encourage?
14. Discuss techniques that encourage Self-Direction.
15. How does the author recommend helping children handle real-world influence?
16. How does being “hurried” impact the development of reasoning skills? Give examples. How can we, in this day and age provide time for the development of Internal Direction?
17, How can we teach our children to value Inner influences over External Influences? Be specific.
18. How were you taught about sex when you were growing up? Did you find the method used helpful? What dos the author suggest as far as how to deal with the issue of sex? Do you think her suggestions are useful? Why or why not? If not, offer specific strategies regarding what might be effective based on scholarly research and experience.
19. The author offers over 100 pages of answer for parents regarding child-rearing challenges. Pick and discuss your top five favorites. Explain why you find the information for each challenge you discuss particularly useful
Summary Conclusion Questions:
Must Answer All Questions substantively, clearly, and thoughtfully.
Note: Every opinion is okay! I appreciate that you have your own mind and want you to voice your thoughts freely here!
1. Did you find the book challenging to read? Why or why not?
2. Were the concepts clear or unclear and did they make sense to you overall or not so much? Why or why not? Be specific.
3. Were you familiar with the ideas presented in this book (have you read or experienced these concepts elsewhere)? Explain.
4. What was your experience like reading this popular (not scholarly) book and then incorporating scholarly work from Berger to support your own thoughts and assertions?
5. How was considering, studying and then practically applying your learning from both the Mehdus book and the Berger textbook in a research paper impactful for your own development? Explain with detail.
Please be aware that due to the large number of points attached to this project, an Incomplete grade will not be given or allowed under any circumstances because you failed to complete this project. Bottom line, if you do not complete this project, your only option (no matter what the circumstance) will be to receive an F grade for the course and you will then need to retake the entire course. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this….”
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