Tattooing and Cross-Cultural Research, Part 3: Outline of a Cross-Cultural Study Paper

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Class size: Any
Level(s): IV
Source: Submitted by HRAF member

Learning Objectives

Does the exercise compare 2 or more cultures? Yes
Subject selection: Single subject specified by teacher
Subjects/OCMS, if applicable: Tattooing
Region selection: pre-selected
Region, if applicable: Various
Culture selection: Student chooses from pre-selected list
Cultures/OWCs, if applicable:
Samples: PSF, SCCS

Classroom Guide

Instructions for navigating eHRAF included? No
Assignments for students to complete in groups? No
Assignments for students to complete on their own? Yes
Instructions for Microfiche version? No

William Divale, Department of Anthropology, York College (City University of New York)

Go to: Part 1: Syllabus | Part 2: Outline of Basic Steps | Part 3: Outline of a Cross-Cultural Study Paper | Part 4: Outline of a Conference Paper

Part 3: Outline of a Cross-Cultural Study Paper

A cross-cultural research paper should contain the following sections. Type should be 12 point type with text double-spaced but tables single-spaced. Margins should be one inch on all sides.

Title Page
This should contain the title of the paper, your name and address, course number and name, semester, Instructor’s name.

Abstract Page
This should contain a short summary of your paper and its findings (150 to 200 words).

Introduction (1 – 2 pages)
This section should contain a brief overview of your topic. Discuss the basic concepts and define key terms.

Literature Review (4 – 6 pages)
This section should contain summaries of relevant research done on the topic or related topics. Outline key arguments or hypotheses.

Hypotheses (1/2 – 1 page)
Your literature review should end with a clear statement of the main hypothesis you will be testing in your study.

Variables (Key Concepts) (2 – 4 pages)
Describe how the concepts in the variables of the hypothesis are defined and measured, e.g., describe the coding process that you developed or used.

Sample (1/2 – 1 page)

Describe the sample you used. Why and how was it chosen?

Results (5 – 10 pages)
Discuss the results of each of your hypothesis tests.
Show the tables with the statistical results. Number each table consecutively.

Discussion (1 page)
Discuss what was learned from the study. What would you do differently next time? What needs to be done as a result of the findings?

This section should contain:

  • A copy of any Coding Rules that were followed
  • A table listing the data coded
  • The completed Coding Sheets

References Cited
This section should contain a list of all the bibliographic references that you cited in the paper. Follow the APA (American Psychological Association) style.