For our final research paper, we had to write a term paper addressing four sections: Introduction: why was the research conducted? What have other researchers found? What are the key variables? What is/are the research question(s) and/or hypotheses?
Method: Who were the participants? What method(s) of sampling was/were used? What type of design was used? How were the key variables operationalized? What measurements and/or materials were used? How would you characterize the reliability and validity of the measurements/materials? What was the basic procedure? How would you characterize the internal and external validity?
Results: what were the main descriptive statistics? What inferential statistics were used? What did the main statistical analyses explore? What were the main patterns of significance? What effect sizes were reported? What do the results of the main analyses mean?? Did the statistical analyses address the research question(s) and/or hypotheses appropriately?
Discussion: what were the main findings of the study? Were the original research question(s) and/or hypotheses addressed? What do the results contribute to scientific knowledge? What is the practical usefulness of the results?