Creation of a Professional Report

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This assessment comprises a professional report that provides guidance in relation to the application of psychological theory and research to a practitioners in the area, but who are not psychologists. You should select your audience from organisations/practitioners who are working in your home country.

As outlined in the workshops, the issues you can choose to address below have an applied focus. You need to prepare a report outlining what is currently known about the psychological literature in the topic area (You need to draw on up-to-date qualitative and quantitative psychological research to identify and explain the psychological factors that are relevant and important), detailing how this research (mentioning the methods used and the results found) can help us understand the key issues. The report needs to be written for practitioners and/or organisations who work in the topic area, clearly outlining concepts/theories/models etc using language appropriate for a professional audience.

• Children in the legal system – issues and challenges. Areas you could focus on include children’s responses to interviewer questions, children’s memory for witnessed events, and children’s susceptibility to misleading information.
• The assessment of early linguistic knowledge – empirical achievements and current challenges. The following areas could be explored (but not exclusively): 1) bilingualism, 2) language screening at either productive or comprehension level, 3) tools for studying vocabulary span, 4) diagnostic criteria and tests for specific language impairment, etc.
• The assessment of literacy and dyslexia – empirical achievements and current challenges. Areas like the following might be explored (not exclusively): 1) assessment of both pinyin and Chinese literacy at school, 2) development and evaluation of literacy programs in bilingual contexts, 3) diagnostic criteria and tests for dyslexia, etc.
• Acquiring a second language. Areas to explore (not exclusively): 1) Usage-based models vs. Classical grammar-based models; 2) The role of frequency; 3) Empirical methods to assess L2 comprehension and production
• Using restorative justice techniques with young offenders – the role of shame and guilt in preventing future offending.

You must include Cover page; table of contents; executive summary; conclusion; and References section.

Further report writing guidance

An executive summary is a very brief account of the report findings and content, which is written in very concise prose and can be (but need not be) in a bullet-point list. This is not an introduction (the outline of what you are going to do) or an ‘abstract’ (a broad hint at your findings). In an executive summary you are setting out all your key points at the start of your report. It should very briefly list and outline the specific report findings and/or recommendations (i.e. your conclusion). Do not hint at things or imply, but say exactly what your findings are whilst being as brief and concise as possible. You should be able to understand the full report just from reading the executive summary.

The report is not an essay but a professional-style report, and this should be reflected in the way you write, present and structure your work. It should be written so that a non-psychologist can understand the psychological information you present, but should be professional and fit for your audience.

You have been asked to give clear and explicit conclusions about the current knowledge in the research area. This means that you cannot ‘sit on the fence’ (as you may be used to doing in essays), but you must be clear as what the research suggests are the main factors and why. However, there is no single ‘correct’ piece of information. Depending on the research evidence you select, the issues you focus on and the way you build your argument, reports may come to different conclusions and produce different recommendations/conclusions.

It is important that you explicitly state throughout how the information in your report relates to the issues. Throughout your report you need to describe in detail and recapitulate relevant details about the issues where you draw on research to explain them, and make clear how and why any recommendations might be useful.

Your report needs to make use of headings and sub-headings as appropriate. You might find it helpful to sketch out the sections and sub-sections of your report before beginning to write the actual content. It is often more manageable if you work on sections and sub-sections individually, but do remember to also keep in mind the overall course of your argument.

As this is a professional-style report, presentation is important. Check that sections and sub-sections are correctly labelled and that you include page numbers that accurately refer to the table of contents (if you want to include figures or tables, these also need to be labelled correctly).

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. All submitted work must be word processed and adhere to the following guidelines:
  • There is a maximum word limit of 2500 words for this assessment (excluding Reference Section and Appendices). Excess words beyond this word limit will not be marked.
  • You must present your assessment on a standard A4 template. (The template of the A4 page is the standard default page set up in Microsoft Word. The margins are: Top = 2.54cm; Bottom = 2.54cm; Left = 2.54cm; Right = 2.54cm.)
  • Text must be double line spaced.
  • All typed work must be in Arial font size 11 or Times New Roman font size 12.
  • Please use the APA Referencing Guidelines (see Referencing Guide on the module Blackboard site).

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TASK Creation of a Professional Report
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DETAILS OF WORK TO BE UNDERTAKEN:

This assessment comprises a professional report that provides guidance in relation to the application of psychological theory and research to a practitioners in the area, but who are not psychologists.You should select your audience from organisations/practitioners who are working in your home country.

 

As outlined in the workshops, the issues you can choose to address below have an applied focus. You need to prepare a report outlining what is currently known about the psychological literature in the topic area (You need to draw on up-to-date qualitative and quantitative psychological research to identify and explain the psychological factors that are relevant and important), detailing how this research (mentioning the methods used and the results found) can help us understand the key issues. The report needs to be written for practitioners and/or organisations who work in the topic area, clearly outlining concepts/theories/models etc using language appropriate for a professional audience.

 

·    Children in the legal system – issues and challenges. Areas you could focus on include children’s responses to interviewer questions, children’s memory for witnessed events, and children’s susceptibility to misleading information.

·    The assessment of early linguistic knowledge – empirical achievements and current challenges. The following areas could be explored (but not exclusively): 1) bilingualism, 2) language screening at either productive or comprehension level, 3) tools for studying vocabulary span, 4) diagnostic criteria and tests for specific language impairment, etc.

·    The assessment of literacy and dyslexia – empirical achievements and current challenges. Areas like the following might be explored (not exclusively): 1) assessment of both pinyin and Chinese literacy at school, 2) development and evaluation of literacy programs in bilingual contexts, 3) diagnostic criteria and tests for dyslexia, etc.

·         Acquiring a second language. Areas to explore (not exclusively): 1) Usage-based models vs. Classical grammar-based models; 2) The role of frequency; 3) Empirical methods to assess L2 comprehension and production

·         Using restorative justice techniques with young offenders – the role of shame and guilt in preventing future offending.

 

You must include Cover page; table of contents; executive summary; conclusion; and References section.

 

Further report writing guidance

 

An executive summary is a very brief account of the report findings and content, which is written in very concise prose and can be (but need not be) in a bullet-point list. This is not an introduction (the outline of what you are going to do) or an ‘abstract’ (a broad hint at your findings). In an executive summary you are setting out all your key points at the start of your report. It should very briefly list and outline the specific report findings and/or recommendations (i.e. your conclusion). Do not hint at things or imply, but say exactly what your findings are whilst being as brief and concise as possible. You should be able to understand the full report just from reading the executive summary.

 

The report is notan essay but a professional-style report, and this should be reflected in the way you write, present and structure your work. It should be written so that a non-psychologist can understand the psychological information you present, but should be professional and fit for your audience.

 

You have been asked to give clear and explicit conclusions about the current knowledge in the research area. This means that you cannot ‘sit on the fence’ (as you may be used to doing in essays), but you must be clear as what the research suggests are the main factors and why. However, there is no single ‘correct’ piece of information. Depending on the research evidence you select, the issues you focus on and the way you build your argument, reports may come to different conclusions and produce different recommendations/conclusions.

 

It is important that you explicitly state throughout how the information in your report relates to the issues. Throughout your report you need to describe in detail and recapitulate relevant details about the issues where you draw on research to explain them, and make clear how and why any recommendations might be useful.

 

Your report needs to make use of headings and sub-headings as appropriate. You might find it helpful to sketch out the sections and sub-sections of your report before beginning to write the actual content. It is often more manageable if you work on sections and sub-sections individually, but do remember to also keep in mind the overall course of your argument.

 

As this is a professional-style report, presentation is important. Check that sections and sub-sections are correctly labelled and that you include page numbers that accurately refer to the table of contents (if you want to include figures or tables, these also need to be labelled correctly). As with most reports – if you refer to a table or figure, you should include it in the main body of text – however if you do not refer to it but want to include it, then it should be placed in an appendix.

 

Your report also needs a conclusion, to provide a logical summing-up of your findings. Having provided a good executive summary means that you may be able to keep your conclusion fairly brief, as you do not need to repeat literally what you have already said in the executive summary.

 

 

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