. Graduate professors like to insist that the completion of thesis or dissertation research is not merely an “academic exercise” or final hurdle to obtaining the desired degree. Explain at least one personal benefit gained from completing a high quality thesis or dissertation. Then explain at least one societal benefit that follows.
2. Do recent technological advances (e.g., the Internet, electronic databases) assure that future research will be of higher quality, or of greater utility, than past research? Support your answer.
3. Daphne has been a member of a research team studying interpersonal aggression among preschoolers for more than a year. In that time, her team has repeatedly employed a consistent set of techniques and procedures to study preschoolers as they interact in a number of settings. The procedures involve volunteer mothers bringing their children to the university child development lab for a an observed “play session”. Settings in which the observations have occurred so far include the university per-school, affluent local day-care centers, and a per-kindergarten program being offered in the neighborhood school district. All of these settings were fairly racially homogeneous.
Daphne has just learned that a friend of a friend can help her gain research access in the near future to preschoolers in an unusually racially diverse but impoverished preschool setting. Daphne decides she has no time to prepare a formal research proposal before embarking on the study. ‘Besides,’ she thinks, ‘this study should go just like all the others we’ve done.’
Is Daphne leaving herself open to problems in this situation, or is she safe moving ahead with no formal proposal, given how familiar she is with the study techniques and procedures?