palliative care ), public policy ). O t h e r

palliative care ), public policy ). O t h e r

Explore indepth your personal interest in Gerontology;
2) Demonstrate expertise in that specific area in Gerontology.

Ask a question that pertains to Gerontology, then provide “an answer” using empirical results
from professional publications. Peerreviewed literature from other scientific domains may be
used (e.g., developmental psychology, personality/social psychology, health, community,
medicine & nursing (palliative care), public policy).
· Topic/Questions must be preapproved
· Length: 35 pages
· Three articles from professional journals that report research studies (not popular
magazines or webpages)
· APA Format

Introduction: (5 Points)
Explain why you chose your research question and why it is an important one. Provide a basic
overview of the topic (i.e., definitions, where might you encounter topic in life, frequency of
topic, general research done on topic). Provide a hypothesis of what you expect to find.

Method: (3 Points)
State the type of experiments/studies that were conducted in each of the publications used.
What questions were asked? What was being measured? How was it being measured? How will
the methods provide answers to your question? Who did they sample? For instance, 200
undergraduate students from a liberal arts college were surveyed. Likert scales surveys were
used to measure wellbeing, a higher score meant more positive sense of wellbeing; the
participants were judged by three independent observers for anxious behaviors, the higher the
rating meant that they were exhibiting greater anxious behaviors according to the judges.

Results and Discussion: (10 Points)
Explain the results and discuss them. What is your interpretation of the results? How does
everything fit together? What did you learn? What did you gather from results? Where there
any surprises? The results and discussion should be “the bulk” of your paper. Add whatever you
think is appropriate to support how you formulated your conclusions.

Limitations and Future Suggestions: (3 Points)
Discuss any limitations encountered by the studies you reviewed in your paper. Provide
suggestions about the possible future implications of the research and what can be improved
upon. Suggest a more “ideal” future study that would fill in some hole in knowledge.

Conclusion: (3 Points)
Short synopsis of what you learned (about a paragraph).

References and APA Format: (1 Points)
Cite all references used (APA format).