NS II Final Project
Individual Reflection Component
Other Group Members: Sam Spillman and Josh Ellioseph
In general, I enjoyed this assignment. I feel like I have a pretty firm grasp on sociobiology's explanation of sexual jealousy and I also gained a lot of knowledge from conducting our own research test. The paper itself, although rather long to write was made a lot easier with the aid of the suggested format sheet that you handed out. What I feel like I gained the most from was that we had to use Stat View to analyze our results. In last year's NS class I remember that we were supposed to use it but I surely didn't remember how. The most important thing that I gained from using Stat View this time was the roles that the summary tables, observed frequencies, and expected values played in conveying the tests results; it was especially helpful with understanding the effect and implications that the p-value plays in the significance of the numbers. (Yet, it was this unfortunate information that I learned about p-value which basically led to our test and hypothesis being rather inconclusive. But at least we could be objective.)
I really like the aspect of doing this final project with a group. More and more in the proverbial "real world," things are being required to accomplished in a group setting. The Western Program is teaching me plenty in the ways of writing and pattern forming through multiple disciplines, and on top of all of that, these type of group projects also contribute to my growth into a more well rounded and even more marketable being. These type of opportunities are also great because they not only allow us to share the work load, but more importantly to build relationships with classmates. I really feel like I benefited from that. In regards to the group dynamic and group process, I think that the end result was great. I had a really good time working with and getting to know Sam. We learned a lot together, challenging one another to be better and in the mean time developed a good friendship that was not there before. That is one of the best things that I really feel like I took away from this project. He was a really hard worker and could always be counted on to complete what ever was asked of him. He did a lot of the book research on our subject and contributed to a lot of the actual typing out of the paper, although we all helped in writing it. Being that we are neighbors this year in Peabody, we could get a lot of work done and still be in contact enough to work around one another's time conflicts. Josh was also productive, but rather inconsistently. He would actually show up to group meetings when he made the effort to come to class and find out about them, or if we called him about them and he was really quite helpful not only in the creation of the original survey but also in getting a few of them filled out by members of MUGLBA. As to the splitting up of work for this project, I, myself, never felt overburdened by this project even though I contributed to it a great deal. I did a lot of research on the web for information on sexual jealousy, some of which we used in the paper and some of which we simply read to give us a better and broader understanding of our topic. While all of us assisted in the writing out of the introduction, Sam and I did the majority of the rest of the paper,a s well as nearly all of the poster project. We then would share with one another what we had completed and changed what we felt was appropriate. It was a rather successful way of getting the paper done.
The only thing I somewhat wish might be different is that the poster project could be different from the final project. I feel like I have a really good understanding of sexual jealousy and how it relates to this class, but I wish we were required to choose another topic for the final so as to broaden what we learned. Maybe after all the posters were done we could choose which seemed to interest us the most and take that topic for out final. But, I admit, I could have done this if I wanted to, it just would have been cool if it was required.
Josh was unable to submit a project assessment.
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