Week 5 – Discussion
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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Imagine that you are talking with a friend about how you are currently taking a course related to analysis of research. Your friend is interested in hearing more about some of the research you are reading. Your friend does not have a background in research and asks you to tell him/her about the research in “layperson’s terms”. In your post, describe one of the research studies we have reviewed during the course in “layperson’s terms”. While you are looking at the study with your friend, s/he notices that some of the results from the study are “significant” (p<.05) and other results are “non-significant” (p>.05). Explain the difference between significant and non-significant results to your friend in “layperson’s terms”. Provide an example of significant and non-significant results from the study you are explaining.
Guided Response: Imagine that you are the friend of student and have just had the study explained to you. Explain how you think the results of the study that your friend described to you might be applied to the general population that was being studied. Propose one additional question to your friend about the research study that you would like the answer to. Respond to two of your classmates.