How To Write A Journal EntryThe point of this assignment is to apply psychological theory to your life (as well as other theories from other disciplines, which is in effect, psychological theory).
The reason for this is two-fold:
a). It may be that you are taking this class as a requirement. In this case, you need to understand how psychology will aid you in your chosen life path.
b). It may be that you are taking this course because you really dig psychology. This is the foundation from which all other intra-disciplinary theory flows.
The first thing to do is to go home and just start "talking about" something that struck you in class or in the book (if you didn't go to class). At some point, find the theory that backs you up, and insert your reference into the text. Like so:
"I do think that I learned much of who I am from my grandmother. I would watch her manners and marvel at how most folks were responsive to her as a genteel Southern woman. Later, as I got older, I tried out some of these techniques and found to my surprise that they worked. This is called Social Learning Theory (Bandura, Ross and Ross, 1963) and gives support to the idea of modeled behavior. "
"Some things though, I did not get from anyone I can figure in my family. Some genetic research must have gone in to certain parts of my personality. (Hamer and Coupland, 1998, p. 36). For instance, my sexuality, what makes me straight and what makes David gay? Bell, Weinberg and Hammersmith say that it is something that a person always knows (1981)."
You should always include a reference page when you turn in your journal entries. The best way to do this would be to keep a running list of which theories you used. If you need an example of how to do this, see your text pages, R-1 through R-30. Also, below in the tips section, you will note the Bell et. al reference.
please remember that I will not take handwritten entries. These must be typed or word processed in a 12 point font other than Times New Roman (double spaced)
Some referencing tips:
1. References should be in alphabetical order
2. References should be double spaced
3. References should be on their own page included in the back of the journal entry packet
4. You cannot use Rathus as a primary resource, but you can use him as a secondary. Use the theory in the book as your primary sources.
5. Always use a page number when referencing a book
6. Include the title and the URL of a web page. MAKE SURE IT IS A REPUTABLE SOURCE
7. Bell. Et. al . reference example:
Bell, A.P., Weinberg, M.S., & Hammersmith, S.K. (1981). Sexual preference: Its development in men and women. Bloomington, IN: University of Indiana Press.