As noted, you are required to submit a formal laboratory report for assessment. The sections of the report are detailed below. As this is a research methods unit, the majority of the marks (70%) are allocated to the results and discussion sections. Thus, your ability to report the results correctly and then interpret them appropriately is the main focus of the assessment.
The abstract should be a summary of the rationale, methods, results, and conclusions of the report. This should be no longer than 150 words.
Things to include in this section
A brief statement of the study aim(s) [the word limit is too brief to include hypotheses in full]
Important to mention which variables (not scale names) were measured (i.e., self-efficacy, text anxiety, student outcomes), and also mention how many people participated in the study.
Make reference to the method of statistical analysis (i.e., Multiple regression analyses revealed that)
State the relevance of findings to either prior theory and/or your study aim(s).
The introduction needs to provide a succinct review of the literature on test anxiety, self-efficacy, and test-based learning and end with specific hypotheses related to the research questions. The most important thing to remember is that the introduction is providing an argument for the hypotheses to follow. Thus, you will need to develop specific hypotheses which address the research questions listed above. Each component of the hypotheses should be argued for in the introduction, and the hypotheses should flow smoothly and compellingly from the literature you have presented.
Questions to guide critical reading of references and write up of the Introduction section to your report:
What types of factors (What sources of variance) contribute to student outcomes?
What student factors contribute to outcomes?
What is academic milestone self-efficacy?
What is test anxiety?
What evidence is there for the impact of these factors in student outcomes?
What types of interventions are suggested to improve student outcomes?
How might these be effective?