Write a 1000 word narrative to serve as a preface to the Professional Work Samples section. Make sure you also address how you intend to strengthen your competencies in all areas. On which areas will you focus most and why? This preface should also include an evaluation of the Psychology program as well as suggestions for the program that will enable it to help future Psychology majors develop these strengths and overcome these weaknesses in the future. This narrative should consist of a clear and thoughtful analysis of how each work sample reveals your strengths and areas for improvement, according to each of the seven areas addressed in the program outcomes/competencies listed as follows.
1.) Apply critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
Recognizes the essential elements of a problem, issue, or argument; however, some aspects of hypotheses or conclusions are confused or incorrect, details or nuances are missing or glossed over, multiple points of view are taken into account but contradictions are not resolved.
2.) Seek and evaluate scientific evidence for psychological claims.
Seeks information from multiple sources and describes it on the basis of its consistency, relevance, and accuracy and allocates such information to the problem, issue, or argument at hand.
3.) Apply basic research method, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation to become informed consumers of research.
Explains the majority of an empirical article’s components, including, the abstract, hypothesis, methodology, statistical and other evaluative tools, and results of the study, but is unable to draw connections across the various elements. Identifies when to conduct a critical analysis of research, but analysis is flawed.
4.) Present psychological concepts orally for various purposes using technology when appropriate.
Introduction has an opening, provides come background information, and states the topic. Transitions between slides are present. Conclusion summarizes main argument and has a clear ending.
Design of presentation (i.e. background, pictures, text etc.) is clear, appropriate for the assignment, balanced and compliments both the writing and speaking throughout the presentation.
Any written portion (including writing on the slides and in notes) follows conventions of spelling and grammar throughout. Errors are infrequent and do not interfere with comprehension.
Using APA format, accurately paraphrased, quoted, and cited in many spots throughout when appropriate or called for. Errors present are somewhat minor.
5.) Presents psychological information in writing, using technology, style, and professional conventions as appropriate to the audience.
Introduction and conclusion are present but incomplete or underdeveloped.
The paper is loosely organized around a thesis or argument that may have to be inferred. Transitions are sporadic.
Errors in spelling and grammar exist that somewhat interfere with readability and/or comprehension.
APA format is attempted to paraphrase, quote, and cite, but errors are significant.
Writing sometimes slips into first and/or second person. Word choice is sometimes inaccurate, unclear, or inappropriate for the audience.
6.) Justify the necessity of ethical behavior in the science and practice of psychology.
Examines ethical behavior from different perspectives, but is not able to differentiate between objective evidence and subjective experience when attempting to make informed decisions. Identifies and analyzes own personal biases.
7.)Analyze the complex variations in populations and contexts as related to psychological explanations, and evaluate the importance of diversity in the practice of psychology.
Applies and analyzes major variations in populations and/or socio-cultural contexts, as related to psychological explanations, such as discrimination, prejudice and the importance of diversity in the practice of psychology.
7.a)Explain and analyze major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology. Explains and begins to integrate major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
7.b)Apply psychological principles to examine and analyze personal, social, and organizational issues. Explains and begins to integrate personal, social, and organizational issues or behavior using different psychological principles, demonstrating ability to provide explanations that extend beyond simplistic identification of such principles.
7.c)Analyze the importance of effective communication skills in developing strong interpersonal and organizational relationships that are culturally sensitive and respectful of diversity. Analyzes culturally sensitive forms of communication and identifies how each contributes to effective interpersonal communication and relationship development both individually and in an organizational environment.
7.d) Solicit and utilize feedback to develop adaptable and culturally sensitive approaches of facilitating dynamic interpersonal and organizational relationships.
Applies feedback to develop adaptable strategies that facilitate effective interpersonal and organizational relationships showing evidence of how these strategies meet current and future relational needs.
These outcomes are listed below, and need to be included in the word narrative to serve as a preface and to demonstrate mastery of the outcome:
•Cognitive abilities (critical thinking and information literacy): Assignments or projects that demonstrate problem solving, analysis, synthesis, appropriate use of information resources, etc.
•Research skills: A copy of a research proposal, a survey developed, etc.
•Communication skills (written and oral): A topic paper, presentation outline, or PowerPoint that demonstrates your written and oral communication skills.
•Ethics & Diversity awareness: Papers that demonstrate your understanding and/or analysis of ethical and diversity issues in psychology.
•Knowledge of foundations of the field: Assignments, papers, or projects that demonstrate your understanding of basic concepts, theories, and empirical findings in one or more of the domains of psychology, including biological, cognitive, developmental, personality, and social.
•Knowledge of applied psychology: Assignments, papers, or projects from courses and/or an internship that demonstrates your ability to apply psychology to personal, social, and/or organizational problems.
•Interpersonal Effectiveness: PowerPoint presentations, videos of your presentations that demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively, appreciate diversity and cultural sensitivity and awareness of your impact on others.
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