Getting started with EE

For most teachers and students, getting started with a major research project is the hardest part.  Choosing a good topic, developing a researchable question and planning out the schedule to complete the project are essential to the success of your paper.  The materials in this section are all about those first steps.

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Comments 15

Hana Majzoub 17 April 2018 - 11:23

Hi John,
Please i need your feedback on the following research question:To what extent is memory reliable? Would you consider it a good topic?and if yes would it be ok to go over only Bartlett's and Loftus & Palmer's studies in the claim???

John Crane 18 April 2018 - 06:49

Dear Hana

This sounds like a Paper one essay and would score very low marks. The question us too vague and there should be a minimum of 8 to ten pieces of research to support the argument

Hana Majzoub 18 April 2018 - 17:26

Hi again,
do you think it is more advisable to change the topic???

John Crane 19 April 2018 - 07:47

That is up to the student.

Maha Zayan 8 May 2018 - 16:26

Dear John,
One of my students wants to write about 'to what extent can IA be considered conscious.' He is not taking psychology as one of his subjects, so he is not familiar with the content, however, he did take it as an elective in 10th grade so he has some knowledge. He wants to define consciousness and then look at how IA meets or doesn't this criteria. I feel it is very broad but am not sure what advice to give him. Can you help?

John Crane 9 May 2018 - 06:50

Dear Maha

I feel that this is outside of the realm of psychology and perhaps is more about philosophy. I also recommend that students not taking psychology not do their EE in the subject. It would be very difficult to find research in psychological journals to support the question. I would advise him to consider a different subject.

Hana Majzoub 26 June 2018 - 08:08

Dear John,
My student is very interested to write her EE paper about"to what extent is intelligence inherited?" would you consider it a good topic? thanks in advance!

John Crane 26 June 2018 - 10:06

Dear Hana

Only if she uses modern research. If the research is only Bouchard, Scarr & Weinberg and Wahlstein, that would be a weak essay.

Hana Majzoub 2 July 2018 - 17:41

Thank you so much for your feedback !

Justin Cowan 14 September 2018 - 07:50

Dear John,
A fellow psychology teacher expressed concern over the following title: "To what extent is lucid dreaming a conscious phenomenon?". The studies being used to explore this cover various techniques/concepts including fMRI, the Stroop, metacognition and procedural learning. Is there any danger of not receiving high marks for focus?

John Crane 15 September 2018 - 06:13

Dear Justin

It is difficult to know without reading it. The question is a rather odd one, but it could work. I don't understand what you mean by "procedural learning", but the rest seems plausible to me.

Jasdeep Kaur 17 September 2018 - 07:44

Dear John,
One of ny students want to do a research in abusive relationships. The topic is RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SELF ESTEEM AND ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP. & the RQ is to what extent does low self esteem in young women make them more susceptible to domestic violence? Can you please guide me

John Crane 18 September 2018 - 05:24

Dear Jasdeep,

I fear that this is a difficult question to investigate as it is hard to test what a woman was like before the domestic violence began. I would ask the students to bring in at least five sources to show you before you approve the topic. The question is fine, but I am not optimistic that research will be easily available.

Bridget Kirk 2 October 2018 - 11:12

Can people with PTSD learn from past experiences?

What effect does being in the social care system have on mental health and future prospects?

Why do young people reoffend?

Why are the male suicide rates higher than the female suicide rates?

Hi John this is my first year of EE These are 4 questions my students wish to write about I think they are good subjects but I think its too wide Could really do with some help please on narrowing them down as not sure where to start
Thanks in advance Bridget

John Crane 3 October 2018 - 05:07

Dear Bridget,

Yes, all of these questions are too broad. The first one does not mean anything to me. The second one is two questions in one - and that is not allowed. And mental health is too broad. The third question does not make sense to me. The final question must be contextualized. Where? Have students bring you research that they have found on their topic before they make the questions more specific. Once they have seen four or five studies to address their question, then use that research to make the question more focused.