The Assignment (1–2 paragraphs)
- Identify and describe a gap in the literature related to your Final Project topic.
- Provide a 1–2 paragraph problem statement using the “Final Project Template” document found in the Learning Resources in which the gap you have identified is described.Final Project Template
Please note: This template assists you with style and format of your Final Project for PSYC 8754/PSYC 6754 Personnel Psychology in the Workplace. All components of the Final Project must follow APA format, per the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual.
Submitted in partial fulfillment
of the requirements for the course
Personnel Psychology in the Workplace
As part of the requirements for the Final Project, you construct an abstract and introduction. Using the information provided, consider the necessary information for an abstract and introduction.
The abstract is a concise, well-developed paragraph that highlights the purpose and key points of your paper. An abstract should be no more than one page, double-spaced, with the first sentence left-justified. An abstract is not an evaluation; rather, it is a report of relevant theoretical foundations and conceptual frameworks in your paper. In addition, the abstract provides your empirical review of the issue or topic and a concluding statement for future research.
Include in the Abstract Assignment:
· A brief statement about the theoretical foundations/conceptual frameworks as appropriate
· A brief summary of your empirical review
· A brief description about the gap(s) in research of personnel psychology you selected
· A summary of your research questions and hypotheses
· A concluding statement on the implications for future research and for positive social change
The introduction clearly identifies the specific topic or issue. The introduction also provides a statement of purpose and addresses goals for the paper. In developing your introduction, consider the following questions: Why is the topic you selected important? How does the topic or issue relate to previous research and/or topics in the field? How does your presentation of the topic or issue differ from previous research and/or topics? How might your topic or issue relate to previous theories or hypotheses?
Include in the Assignment Introduction:
· A description of the topic of the study and why the topic is important
· A brief summary of the theoretical and empirical literature related to the study topic
· A description about the gap(s) in research of personnel psychology and why it is important
· An explanation of potential social implications of your research
In Week 11, you submit a literature review for your Final Project. You may benefit from reviewing the media on literature reviews in Week 6.
Literature Search Strategy
After you have introduced the topic or issue, the next section incorporates a search on relevant literature in the field. With a literature search strategy, discuss exactly how you conducted your search of the literature. That is, very specifically, describe your search strategy. What keywords did you use to conduct your search? What databases did you search? What additional methods did you use to uncover relevant articles, books, et cetera? (For example, did you examine the reference section of the articles you located for additional articles?)
A literature search strategy includes:
· A description of accessed library databases and search engines used
· A description of key search terms and combinations of search terms (with more detailed search terms located in an appendix if appropriate)
· A description of the scope of literature review (years searched, types of literature and sources searched, including seminal and current peer-reviewed)
· A description of additional search methods in cases where there is limited current research, dissertations, conference proceedings, etc.
Following your literature search, you present a synthesis of peer-reviewed, scholarly literature in a literature review. In presenting relevant, scholarly literature, you annotate each resource to include pertinent theoretical and empirical findings, methodology, and/or research disparities relating to your topic or issue.
A literature review includes:
· A discussion of relevant theories that form the basis for your literature review
· A description of major theoretical propositions and/or major hypotheses of those theories
· A review of the literature that describes studies related to the leadership topic and/or theory of your choosing
· A review and synthesis of studies related to the key independent, dependent, and covariate variables to produce a description and explanation of what is known about the variables, what is controversial (i.e., mixed findings by researchers), and what remains to be studied
· State the research problem.
· Provide evidence of consensus that the problem is current, relevant, and significant to the discipline.
· Frame the problem in a way that builds upon or counters previous research findings focusing primarily on research conducted in the last 5 years.
· Address a meaningful gap in the current research literature.
Purpose of the Study
· Provide a concise statement that serves as the connection between the problem being addressed and the focus of the study and contains:
· The research paradigm (quantitative/qualitative/mixed) and specific design/tradition within paradigm
· The study intent (such as describe, compare, correlate, explore, develop, etc.)
· The independent, dependent, and covariate variables (quantitative studies) or concept/phenomenon (qualitative studies)
Research Question(s) and Hypotheses
· State the research questions.
· State what constructs you might measure and how you might measure them.
· State the hypotheses by using appropriate population parameters and statistical notation. (Use of an equation editor makes typing hypotheses easy.)
· For quantitative studies, state the null and alternative hypotheses that identify the independent and dependent variables being studied and the association being tested.
In this section, you cite the work of scholars in the field that contributed to your paper. Additionally, this section allows for the retrieval of information. For a detailed guide on constructing citations, refer to the APA Publication Manual (6th edition).
A reference list includes:
· Title of the section (e.g., References)
· Each scholarly journal article or other scholarly resource used in your research or preparation of your research
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