How it works:
Ten times during the semester each student will turn in a hypothesis based on that day's readings. A hypothesis is a brief statement that describes the purpose of a potential study and makes predictions about what you think the findings of your study would be (see example below). Your hypothesis should be typed at the top of your paper, and should not be more than 2 sentences in length.
In addition to your hypothesis, you should very briefly and generally describe the method of your study (i.e., how you could go about collecting the data necessary for testing your hypothesis). This should not exceed 1 -2 paragraphs, meaning your hypothesis and general description of your study should not exceed 1 page.
Your hypotheses serve two purposes for class. First, we'll discuss your hypotheses in class, and generate ways of testing hypotheses as a group. Therefore, on days when we are discussing hypotheses you should be prepared to "defend" your hypothesis (i.e., explain the logic behind your idea, and answer any questions regarding your prediction). Second, your final paper for this class is a research proposal, in which you will design a study that you could conduct. By the time you begin work on this paper, you should have many ideas for studies, based on the hypotheses you generated throughout the semester. You may wish to elaborate on one of your hypotheses for you research proposal (although you don't have to).
You may turn in a hypothesis during class on either a Monday or Wednesday (however, we may not always have time to discuss them everyday-- if we do run out of time we'll discuss them during the next class period). On days you chose to submit a hypothesis, please bring 2 copies of your hypothesis to class (I will collect one, and you will have one to read from). Discussion of hypotheses will begin the second week of class (so there is no need to write one for Week 1).
You will submit 10 hypotheses over
the course of semester. Please note, you cannot submit a hypothesis
for a day you are not in class. An excellent hypotheses (that
receives full credit) will (1) succinctly state a testable prediction,
(2) generally and briefly describe a reasonable means of testing the hypothesis,
(3) demonstrate a knowledge of the relevant topic (i.e., show how your
hypothesis is related to the readings), and (4) not exceed 1 page.