This week you will utilize your understanding of critical thinking and the scientific method to test proverbs. For this assignment, you need to:
- identify the theory that underlies the proverb or rule of thumb, and
- generate a testable hypothesis, and suggest a possible strategy (descriptive, correlational, or experimental) to test the hypothesis. You need to fully explain your research strategy. If the method is experimental, you should identify independent and dependent variables and specify operational definitions.
Examples of proverbs include:
- “Birds of a feather flock together.”
- “Opposites attract.”
- “The grass is always greener on the other side.”
- “A letter takes three times as long to write as it does to say.”
- “The more languages you know, the easier it is for you to learn a new one.”
- “Wearing dark clothes on the bottom and light clothes on the top is usually more visually appealing than the reverse.”
- “It takes four hours to come down from your last cup of coffee.”
- “As family income rises, the ratio of women’s shoes to men’s shoes increases accordingly.”
- “The self-employed are more likely to live to a ripe old age than those who work for others.”
- “The shorter a word, the more meanings it has.”
- “Don’t change your first guess on a multiple-choice test when checking over your answers.”
You are not limited to this list of proverbs, these are provided to give you some ideas.
- 500-750 words
- no references required
- save your reflections as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx)
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