Students are asked to prepare a Report (maximum length 5 pages; 12 point Times New Roman, double spaced, 1 inch margins) on a newspaper article that describes a published research paper on gambling. We will discuss article selection in class. The Report should describe the objectives and findings of the journal paper, including limitations and weaknesses (for a more detailed marking scheme, see below). High marks can be awarded for reports on flawed research studies. The Report should describe the implications of the research for treatment, public policy, or gambling theory. Strong marks will be given for considering implications that are not discussed in the article or paper. The report should consider the accuracy of the media coverage (Does the news article ‘dumb down’ the findings? Does the journalist show evidence of a pro‐ or anti‐ gambling ‘agenda’? How might reporting influence public understanding of gambling, for better or worse?). The written assignment will be given a mark out of 30, with marks allocated for the following: ‐ accurately and concisely describing the objectives of the original research article (4 points) ‐ accurately and concisely describing the design of the original research article, with awareness of limitations (4 points) ‐ accurately and concisely describing the findings of the original research article (4 points) ‐ consideration of how the research informs either treatment, gambling theory, or public policy (4 points) ‐ discussion of the accuracy and objectivity of the media coverage (4 points).
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