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Extended Definition Paper

All researchers must define the terms or concepts they plan to use in their research question. For example, if your research question was, “How do new hires into an organization become socialized into the organization?” you would need to define what you meant by “become socialized.” Do you mean how are new employees oriented to their jobs? Or do you mean how do new employees learn the unwritten rules of the organization? Whatever you mean, you will have to explain this concept and why it is important to your research question. To do that, you will need to turn to the authorities, or seminal theorists, in the field and see how they have defined these concepts. By combining your own definition of the concept (using logic and reasoning) and the contributions of experts, you will be able to define your concept quite specifically. You are asked to write a 1-1.5 page paper defining a concept in your research question. This assignment is worth 100 points. How does this assignment relate to your future? Many misunderstandings and mistakes have been caused by inexact definitions of abstract concepts. You need to be able to narrow down the topics and develop in-depth areas of expertise that can be acquired through writing meaningful academic papers. As a career professional, you will be expected to act on your superior’s directions. This means you need to know when to ask questions and gain clarity on an unfamiliar task. Perhaps one of the most valuable questions you can learn to ask more frequently is: What do you mean? Or can you explain that? An extreme example from the “real world” is the case of the 1977 Tenerife airport crash in the Canary Islands. This accident resulted in 583 fatalities, and is still the deadliest aviation accident in history. The accident involved two 747 Boeing aircraft who had been diverted from the Gran Canaria airport after a bomb scare to the Tenerife airport. A dense fog grounded both planes for a while, and when the fog lifted, both aircraft were anxious to take off since both passengers and crew had been onboard for many hours. The aircraft were both lined up on the only runway at the airport. Due to miscommunications from the control tower, the KLM flight attempted to take off while the Pan Am flight was still sitting on the runway. At the time, there was no standard phraseology within the aviation industry. Industry lessons learned from the Tenerife disaster had a long lasting effect on the aviation industry, including the elimination of the word “takeoff” from the language used by the control tower and the pilots, as well as training in which even less experienced cabin crew members were taught to question their captains. Similarly, experienced captains were required to pay attention to the concerns of their crews and consider their crews’ concerns in making decisions. The purpose of extended definition papers is to inform and clarify complex and abstract topics into clearly defined terms using examples and making an unfamiliar topic more familiar. This assignment must be written and conform to APA style requirements. Why should you learn how to format your papers in APA style? APA style… Teaches you to pay attention to detail. Jobs require attention to detail. Requires you to follow directions. Teaches you how to write objectively and present evidence. Jobs require employees to present information using facts, statistics, reasoning, and examples; not “I think, I feel, or I believe!” Teaches procedural compliance. Employers want workers who know how to follow a procedure because most jobs require procedural compliance! What should you pay attention to when completing this assignment? Organize this paper just like you would organize a good essay: introduction, body, conclusion. Develop each paragraph with specific examples from the original article, or use logical reasoning to develop and make your points. Well-developed paragraphs should be between 3-5 sentences long. If you are unsure of how to write good paragraphs, consult and old English Composition textbook or make an appointment to see someone in the Student Success Center. When crafting your extended definition, be sure to incorporate the definitions provided by other researchers. Where to find guidance on how to complete this assignment: Read the Babbie text, specifically the chapter that discusses conceptualization. Also pay attention to the articles in your article collection and check for how those researchers define important concepts. Be sure to read the weblinks provided with this week’s readings.
All researchers must define the terms or concepts they plan to use in their research question. For example, if your research question was, “How do new hires into an organization become socialized into the organization?” you would need to define what you meant by “become socialized.
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June 27, 2017
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