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Week 4 discussion
DQ1 Analyzing the
Results of Two Research Studies
This discussion task is designed to help you analyze some
research studies on the topic on which you will be writing WA #3.
To complete this task, you will read over the following two
articles:
Dante E. Mancini, “The “CSI Effect’ in an Actual Juror
Sample: Why Crime Show Genre May Matter.”
Janne A. Holmgren and Judith Fordham, “The CSI Effect and
the Canadian and the Australian Jury.”
To access the articles, please take the following steps:
click Content
select Class Resources
select eReserves
select the icon for eReserves in the middle of your page.
in the list of items that appears, locate the articles and
download them.
After you find these two articles, please read them over and
complete the following for each one:
List the source in APA format
List key terms in the article
Describe the focus of the study
Describe the methodology the author(s) used
Summarize the study’s findings
Write your reflections on the article itself. Comment on whether you found the study
difficult to interpret, whether you understood the methodology, or other items
that might be of interest to your fellow classmates.
This task will help you become more familiar with finding
research studies on your topic, reading them over, gleaning the main points of
them, and summarizing their findings.
These skills will be helpful as you continue to research for WA#3.

DQ2 Preparing for the Literature Review
Your third writing assignment in WRTG 391 will be a
synthesis of sources essay, often called a literature review.

Please watch video on WA #3 — approaching the synthesis of
sources essay. Then complete the
following task.
Imagine that you are working for department within a large
company. The manager of your department
is considering allowing workers in your department to telework, in other words,
to work from home.
However, your manager is not sure what to expect from this
possible change.
She is not sure what the advantages, pitfalls, unexpected
issues, etc. are of allowing teleworking. For example, she is not sure whether
workers become less productive because they will be working from home and not
supervised. She also considers the
possibility that workers will become more productive because they won’t have to
worry about traffic and parking. They
won’t have to take large amounts of time off to get children to a doctor’s
appointment, to see a doctor themselves, to take care of errands, etc. It is possible that working from home will
improve productivity.
Other questions abound in her mind. For example, how many days a week should the
workers be allowed to telework? Should
they be limited to one day? Two
days? Or should they be unlimited to
telework as many days as they would like per week?
In addition, she is not sure if everyone should be allowed
to telework or if perhaps only people in certain positions should be allowed to
telework. For example, she knows that
the janitor cannot telework. His job
could not be done at a distance. But
some individuals could telework, as their jobs involve meetings and other
functions that could be accomplished at a distance.
Overall, your manager is somewhat at a loss on this issue.
Your manager has asked you to review the literature on
teleworking. She has asked that you
submit a literature review to her next month on the topic of teleworking.
From what you have gleaned in this class about what a
literature review is, what is your manager asking you to do?
Does she want a proposal that supports a new teleworking
arrangement?
Does she want a persuasive paper that takes a stand against
teleworking?
Or does she want something entirely different from those two
options?

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