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Question;Assignment #1 - Topic Selection;and Justification;During;this course your biggest assignments will be 2 research papers examining a;current issue or ?hot topic? in your professional field. You may want to think;of this current issue in terms of a real-life practical question that is being;discussed by professionals in your field. It may also help to think of it;in terms of a thesis topic if you were going to conduct research and attempt to;arrive at an answer to a question of interest in your field. You don?t;want a question or area that is too broad or too narrow. The end product;of your research papers will be, in essence, a critical evaluation of the;research and other professional literature that has been done related to the;topic that you choose with an attempt to draw some conclusions about this issue;as it relates to your profession.;Think;about the current issues that are most pertinent to your professional field and;formulate a topic that you are going to spend this term researching. There;are many ways to start determining what the important contemporary issues are;in your field including an examination of the topics of research that is being;published, talking to other professionals in your field, lurking on;professional discussion boards and taking note of what people are arguing;about, drawing on your own professional anecdotal experience, etc. It may;also help to review the Research Paper #1 assignment and its requirements.;Your;assignment for this week is to turn in a written description of at least 1 page;in length describing what your topic is and why it is an important topic within;your profession for you to spend this term researching. As for all;assignments, you must include appropriate references in the proper;format. This assignment is due by the end of week 1;Assignment #2 - Article Abstract;and Summary Critique;During;week one, you chose a topic to spend this term researching. The large;majority this research and the conclusions you draw should be based on;peer-reviewed research studies (experimental research or similar ? not just;commentaries from supposed ?experts?). As you will see in the Research;Paper #1 assignment, you will required to summarize at least 5 peer-reviewed;studies and draw conclusions. This assignment is designed to get you;started.;This;assignment has two parts;Part;1: Identify one research study that is related to your approved research topic;? this study may end up actually being included in your research paper #1;and/or research paper #2 and write an abstract of no more than 250 words;summarizing the study. Important Notes: 1.The;bulk of your research papers (and this assignment) should be based on actual;research studies from peer-reviewed journals. So, be sure you are;abstracting an actual research study and not an editorial or educational;commentary from an expert. 2.It is to your benefit to NOT;read the abstract supplied by the authors of the article or else your abstract;will end up being a nearly identical product, even if;unintentionally. Read the article and write your own abstract then go look;at the abstract supplied with the article to see if you are on the right;track.;Part;2:Write a summary critique of the;article you just abstracted in no more than 400 words. You should be sure;to refer to the course packet for this week?s lesson for a valuable example of;an article, abstract and critique to best compare the difference between an;abstract and summary critique. Note: Within your research paper #1;you will be summarizing and critiquing at least 5 peer-reviewed research;articles. You will be using this information to synthesize and draw;conclusions. Thus, you will also be comparing studies within your summary;critiques.;Also, refer again to the lengthy review of literature example provided in the;week #1 lesson.;This;assignment must be in APA format and should include the properly formatted;reference for the article you are abstracting.;Top of Form;Bottom of Form;During;week one, you chose a topic to spend this term researching. The large;majority this research and the conclusions you draw should be based on;peer-reviewed research studies (experimental research or similar ? not just;commentaries from supposed ?experts?). As you will see in the Research;Paper #1 assignment, you will required to summarize at least 5 peer-reviewed;studies and draw conclusions. This assignment is designed to get you;started.;Research Paper #1;Top of;Form;Bottom of;Form;Assignment Instructions;The first research paper will be a summary critique review;of literature related to your approved research topic. This paper should;be a shorter version of the sample review of literature provided in the Week #1;lesson. Though your research paper will not be as lengthy, it should;demonstrate the same level of academic rigor and critical thinking in;summarizing the literature, evaluating the conclusions reached by the authors;synthesizing the results of multiple studies and drawing conclusions relative to;your chosen topic.;Your paper should include an appropriate introduction;centered around developing a statement (of a few statements) of the pertinence;of examining the topic at hand. In summarizing and critiquing the research;that has been carried out, you should build a body of evidence and begin to;synthesize the results of multiple studies to justify conclusions you will;present in the end. Your paper must include at least 5;peer-reviewed research studies such as you included in Assignment #2. You;will likely also include citations and information from other professional /;peer-reviewed sources in developing your introduction, conclusions and ?filling;in the blanks.? NOTE: You are required to attach full-text PDFs for all;research studies (at least 5) that you used in your summary critiques.;This paper must be in APA format and properly cite and;reference all necessary sources.;Assignment #3 - PEDro Scale ? Reevaluation;This;week?s lesson focuses on the PEDro appraisal scale for assessing the quality of;a research study. For this assignment, please choose one of the studies;you included in your Research Paper #1 and reevaluate is using the PEDro;scale. You need to describe the scoring of this article including scores;for each individual component of the PEDro scale (1-11) and the overall;score. Also, describe your evaluation of the strength or quality of the;study after using the PEDro appraisal compared to your initial evaluation of;the article using a summary critique method.;This;assignment must be in APA format and include a properly formatted reference for;the article you evaluated.;Looking;ahead: For the Research Paper #2, you will be scoring all of the research;studies you used in Research Paper #1 plus at least 5 additional research;studies.;Assignment#4;- PEDro Scale- Expansion;Assignment Instructions;For this assignment, please choose one new study related to your research topic;that you plan to include in your Research Paper #2 and evaluate it using the PEDro scale. You need to describe the scoring of;this article including scores for each individual component of thePEDro scale(1-11) and the overall score. Also;describe your evaluation of the strength or quality of the study after using;the PEDroappraisal.;This assignmentmust be in APA format and include a properly;formatted reference for the article you evaluated.;Research Paper #2;The;first research paper was a summary critique review of literature related to;your approved research topic. The second research paper will use a process;of appraisals as described in Lessons #3 and #4 to create a systematic;review. This paper should include at least 10 research studies that you;have appraised using the PEDro scale to assess the relative value of each;study. As in the previous research paper, this paper should demonstrate;the same level of academic rigor and critical thinking in summarizing the;literature, evaluating the value of each study, synthesizing the results of;multiple studies and drawing conclusions relative to your chosen topic.;As in the previous research paper, you will likely also include;citations and information from other professional / peer-reviewed sources in;developing your introduction, conclusions and ?filling in the blanks?.;Your;paper should include a summary of the PEDro score for each article and a;summary at the end describing how your conclusions may (or may not) have;changed between the two research papers based on the addition of utilizing the;PEDro appraisal scale to systematically assess the value of the research;examined.;This;paper must be in APA format and properly cite and reference all necessary;sources. NOTE: You are required to attach full-text PDF?s for all;research studies (at least 5 more) that you added since completing Research;Paper #1. This paper will be due at the end of Week 8.

 

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