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  • Tells the reader what the report is about
  • Includes the IV and DV
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  • Provides reader with a brief summary of the whole study
  • Concise summary of the report
  • Tells the reader about the research and findings without them having to read the whole report
  • Provides sufficient information to establish if the full report is worth reading
  • Breif descriptions of the
    • Aims
    • Hypohtheses
    • Method
    • Summary of the results
  • Contains interpretations of the findings
  • Significant flaws in the study
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  • Introduces background and rationale of study
  • General overview of area being studied
  • Existing theories
  • Discusses few studuies closely related to the current study
  • Provides relevant information on theories and studies relevan to the investigation
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  • Sentence stating the purpose of the study
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  • What's actually going to be tested
  • Should include IV and DV
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  • Describes how research was carried out
  • Detailed
  • Should be able to replicate study using method
  • Design of Investigation
  • Procedure
  • Use of participants
  • Apparatus
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  • Summarise findings
  • Reported as descriptive or inferential statistics
    • Tables
    • Graphs
    • Charts
    • Statistical tests on data
  • Includes explanations of why certain tests were chosen
  • Results of test should be included
    • Observed value
    • Critical value
    • Level of significance
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  • Discuss fingings and their implications - Whether hypothesis should be accepted
  • Discuss alternative explanations
  • Explanation of findings - Summarising results
    • Relate results to aim and hypotheses - Reject or accept nulll hypothesis -Unexpected findings addressed and explained
  • Implications of study
    • Whether it relates to real-life situations
  • Limitations and modifications of study
    • Methodological problems - Ways to improve study
  • Relationship to background research
    • Compared to other data - Comments on whether findings support other findings
  • Suggestions for further research
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  • Inform the reader about sources of information
  • List of resources used for information during study
  • Presented in alphabetical order of author's surname
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  • Used for detailed information not in the report
  • Any material used
    • Questionnaires
    • Diagrams
  • Raw data
  • Statistical test calculations
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