- Psychology of Helping
The purpose of this paper is for you to apply research on helping to a question that interests you. That question can take one of two forms:
For either option, your paper should be approximately 8-15 typed, double-spaced pages. Explicitly identify in your paper whether you are completing the Research option or the Analysis option. Additionally, citing of sources in the paper should follow APA format including a list of cited works. Quoting should be extremely limited or, preferably, non-existent. The final paper is worth 100 points.
There are many possible questions. To make sure that you are on the right track with your question and paper you will need to have your question approved by me. I may require you to complete other steps of your paper by certain dates. Failing to do so will result in a loss of points on your paper grade.
You will be volunteering at an organization for approximately eight weeks. Those experiences should provide you with ample opportunities to find connections between course material and the work at your organization. To encourage that reflection I am asking you to submit at least two journal entries per week during weeks 3-9. The first entry of the week is due on tuesday at class time. The second weekly entry is due by Friday at noon of that week. Most entries should address course material we have recently discussed in class. However, that may not always be possible; you may instead connect your experiences to a concept from earlier in the term. All journal entries should be typed, double-spaced, and at least half a page in length. They can be submitted as hard copy in class or sent via email to me. A strong (worth 4 points) journal reflection is clearly expressed, directly connects course material to one or more specific experiences in your volunteering, and provides some substantial reflection upon that connection. A good (3) reflection strongly addresses two of the three criteria listed above, and only adequately addresses the third criterion. An adequate (2) reflection only adequately addresses two of the three criteria. A poor (0) reflection only adequately addresses one or none of the criteria. The journal is worth 60 points.
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