REVISED RESEARCH PROJECT ASSIGNMENTS
(Please see due date listed on Class Schedule)

Format:
• 1” margin, 12 pt. TIMES NEW ROMAN FONT, Double Space
• APA format!!! Use Purdue OWL.
• Paper is free of errors – typographical, spelling, English grammar, word usage.
• Paper shows evidence of understanding the topic.
• Paper shows evidence of understanding how concepts from your readings are demonstrated in your discussion/analysis of your interview(s).
• Writing is in YOUR OWN WORDS, unless you properly cite for concepts and terms.
• You need only to use your text book and power points for citations.
• Must upload file as a doc, doc.x or pdf. DO NOT USE: pages (mac) or google docs.
• All concepts and terms must be bolded in your paper.

Please read through the research project descriptions very carefully and make sure that you address ALL of the points that I detail under each option. I want to read a thoughtful and reflective paper, folks, so take some time to analyze how your particular project has been related to the topics that we have covered in class and/or what you have learned through completing your project. Be creative, too, when appropriate. Bottom line is that I have read LOTS of these final papers from other students, so give me something surprisingly new that will make me think or gain a new perspective.

It is most important that you follow the directions in the paragraph above and address all of the points for your project. But, I know, you still want to know, “How long does the final paper have to be?” The set page limit is 6 – 7 pages in length with a maximum of 10 pages if needed to write a thorough paper. This page count does not include the title page, the appendix (your interview questions & consent forms), and your reference page.

For your final project, you will select ONE of the following paper options the first 2 are the originals followed by alternatives depending on what is available for you.

A. Marriage Interviews: Happily Ever After…
You will select two married persons, from two separate relationships (i.e., not 2 people from the same couple), who have been married different lengths of time (i.e., one newly married and another that has been married for a significant number of years). Your interview would focus on the “ingredients” (behaviors, characteristics, attributes) that each married individual believes to be important in maintaining a marriage. In your discussion of the interviews, you will be expected to compare/contrast how each of the two couples have described which factors help to sustain a happy marriage.

You are expected to create an interview protocol outlining questions that will be discussed during the interviews. It is wise to make sure your interview questions focus on concepts as you will need to use concepts in your paper. The interviews need to be recorded and each should last approximately 20-45 minutes. You must submit your paper to Turnitin. You must keep your taped interviews (audio taped) as a random selection may require you to upload your taped interviews. If your tapes are requested, directions will be sent on where and how to upload them. I must receive the project paper PRIOR TO OR ON the due date. Make sure the project paper’s title page follows APA guidelines.

Your final paper will include the following:

(a) 10 pts. = Provide a detailed description of the participants and their relationship. Be sure to include all relevant background information that would be important for an outside reader to know to understand the participant’s background. Also include detailed information about the interview setting (i.e., who, where, when, how long, any problems?).
(b) 10 pts. = Briefly summarize the topics discussed during the interview. Also, make sure to include a copy of the interview protocol (i.e., a list of your interview questions!) in the appendix of your paper.
(c) 30 pts. = Compare and contrast the two interview conversations: What ideas were similar/different between the two interviewees? Make sure to use concepts from the book (define the concept and use the interview to provide an example of the concepts. Please bold and italicize all the used concepts.
(d) 30 pts. = First, analyze how the interview data was related to class material and concepts pertaining to the topic. For example: Did the data support concepts/trends discussed in class? Did the data extend or contrast with ideas presented in your textbook? Second, how has the interview changed your thoughts regarding the topic? If it hasn’t changed your thoughts, how has it reinforced what you already believed? Third, what related information would you investigate further in future interviews (e.g., what other topics would you discuss and what questions would you ask), and with whom would you be interested in conducting additional interviews. Also for this third part, be sure to explain why your proposed research would be of particular interest to others.
(e) 10 pts. = Overall grammar, punctuation and paper organization.
(f) 10 pts. = A copy of two CONSENT FORMS, one signed by each of your interviewees, indicating their voluntary consent to participate in the interview study. You will find the consent form protocol as a link at the top of your Canvas course page. Please print out two copies, obtain interviewees’ signatures. Scan the signed consent forms and include them in your appendix. You will only be able to upload one docX file. Make sure everything you need to submit in in 1 file!
• Reminder: All concepts and terms must be bolded in your paper.

B. “Shared” Family Perspectives
You will select two family members to interview concerning a topic of interest to you that has been addressed in class (e.g., dating and cohabitation, choosing to parent a child, the process of divorce, grand-parenting). For example, you could choose to interview a married couple and have them discuss a significant turning point (e.g., their engagement, a birth of a child, loss of a significant other, financial hardship) in their relationship; you could interview an adult child and his/her parent and have them discuss issues around caregiving for the aged; you could have an adult child and his/her parent discuss the celebration of cultural/ethnic traditions within the family. Both family members will focus on the same topic during the interviews, but it is also acceptable for each to address other issues during the conversations. Interviews with the two family members must be conducted separately and you will be expected to compare and contrast the interview conversations discussed by each of the individuals.

You are expected to create an interview protocol outlining questions that will be discussed during the interviews. It is wise to make sure your interview questions focus on concepts as you will need to use concepts in your paper. The interviews need to be recorded and each should last approximately 20-45 minutes. You must submit your paper to Turnitin. You must keep your taped interviews (audio taped) as a random selection may require you to upload your taped interviews. If your tapes are requested, directions will be sent on where and how to upload them. I must receive the project paper PRIOR TO OR ON the due date. Make sure the project paper’s title page follows APA guidelines.

Your final paper will include the following:

(a) 10 pts. = Provide a detailed description of the participants and their relationship, if applicable. Be sure to include all relevant background information that would be important for an outside reader to be aware of. Also include detailed information about the interview setting (i.e., who, where, when, how long, any problems?).
(b) 10 pts. = Briefly summarize the topics discussed during the interview. Also, make sure to include a copy of the interview protocol (i.e., a list of your interview questions!).
(c) 30 pts. = Compare and contrast the two interview conversations: What ideas were similar/different between the two interviewees?
(d) 30 pts. = First, analyze how the interview data was related to class material pertaining to the topic. For example: Did the data support concepts/trends discussed in class? Did the data extend or contrast with ideas presented in your textbook? Second, how has the interview changed your thoughts regarding the topic? Third, what related information would you investigate further in future interviews (e.g., what other topics would you discuss and what questions would you ask), and with whom would you be interested in conducting additional interviews. Also for this third part, be sure to explain why your proposed research would be of particular interest to others.
(e) 10 pts. = Overall grammar, punctuation and paper organization.
(f) 10 pts. = A copy of two CONSENT FORMS, one signed by each of your interviewees, indicating their voluntary consent to participate in the interview study. You will find the consent form protocol as a link at the top of your Canvas course page. Please print out two copies, obtain interviewees’ signatures, and include them with your final paper. You only upload 1 file so all these pieces need to be cut and pasted into your main document.
Reminder: All concepts and terms must be bolded in your paper.

C. Alternative of “Shared” Family Perspectives (B)
Exactly the same as the original above (Listed as B), only you may be one of the family members. So, you would need to Interview one other family member and compare what they share with what your answers would be on the same subject.
Reminder: All concepts and terms must be bolded in your paper.

D. Write your life story.
(a) 20 pts. = Provide a detailed description of the yourself and your relationship with all members of your family. Be sure to include all relevant background information that would be important for an outside reader to be aware of. Also include detailed information about the living arrangements of the family members (i.e., who, where, when, how long, any problems?).
(b) 10 pts. = Briefly summarize the topics you will address in the paper about your life growing up in your family. (i.e., family of origin, parenting styles, love styles, family rules, etc)
(c) 30 pts. = Use the topics you listed in section (b) as headings and write in detail how you compare to the information presented in your text book. Be sure to bold all concepts in your paper.
(d) 30 pts. = First, analyze how you feel about the way you were raised. Discuss each topic covered. Second, how has reflecting on your life and writing about it changed your thoughts regarding the topics and your understanding of why your parents did what they did? Third, based on your new knowledge from this class, how would you raise your future child in reference to how you were raised. For example: what would be the same? What would be different? Why? Based on what facts from the book?
(e) 10 pts. = Overall grammar, punctuation and paper organization.
Reminder: All concepts and terms must be bolded in your paper.