Theory Application Journal Assignments
The journal assignment has three entries. Each entry has the same directions, but each has a unique topic for analysis and the number of theories/concepts applied. Submit each entry during the assigned Lesson (see Syllabus Page 2).
- Journal 1: Perception – discuss how you and a chosen friend/family member/ romantic partner used interpersonal perception in a specific interaction.
- One theory or concept for analysis**
- The analysis portion should be about 500 words.
- The description section should be no more than 250 words length
- Use only concepts/theories about perception – see that chapter in your text for this entry
DescriptionContext: Type the context at the top of this section (you will write the context of the interaction – where and when it occurred.) If you are unsure of what we mean by context of interpersonal interactions, read about it online and in the text. Remember, we use theory to explain, not general terms. For the Challenges Entry, your incident will focus on just one challenge from the following: jealousy, termination of a relationship, the impact of distance on a relationship, or deception. See the textbook and online lessons for information about how theories and concepts help us understand challenges in important relationships.Interaction: Here, write the actual event, giving enough detail of what occurred so the analysis will be easily understood. Most people find it easier to write in a narrative form rather than a dialogue form, but it is your choice. The “Description” portion is about ½ – 1 page in length, no more than 250 words.AnalysisBegin by writing the name of the theory or concept ( bold face so it is obvious to me) and write a 1 or 2 sentence explanation of the theory or concept, so it is clear you know what the theory or concept means. The theory or concept you choose should come directly from the chapter applying to the lesson. So, for the conflict journal, the theories and concepts you use to analyze your experience should come from the chapter dealing with conflict.Now, APPLY the theory or concept to the event you have described above. In this area you will explain why this theory or concept helps us to understand the interaction YOU PROVIDED IN THE “Description.” See the Sample.NOTE: Short entries will lose points – about 500 words per theory analysis. See the Sample. NOTE: IN THE SAMPLE i HAVE WRITTEN MORE THAN 500 WORDS ON THE ANALYSIS. I WANTED TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF MULTIPLE WAYS TO APPLY A THEORY IN ANALYSIS.NO FLUFF – I want theory application. As with all assignments, writing errors will damage your grade. Edit your work carefully; this is a college level course and college level writing is expected. All assignments are accessed through the lessons and submitted there. The bulk of your writing will be in the Analysis portion, not the Description portion.You submit each entry as one document through the correct link on the Lesson Pages. There is no credit for partial work – you must have both parts (description and analysis) organized just as you see here, to receive credit. Finally, remember, the most important section in this assignment is the theory or concept application. Read and understand the theory or concept, show me you know why and how the theory or concept explains the event you describe. Read the sample journal entry for further guidance. The analysis in the Sample Paper is actually longer than 500 words to show you some examples of how you can fully dissect an event to analyze it.
IMPORTANT**** PLEASE USE THE CONCEPTS PRESENTED IN THE TWO POWERPOINTS ATTACHED. THERE IS A SAMPLE JOURNAL TO GUIDE YOU