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For the term project you will be doing an analysis and write-up of the data that you and your fellow students recorded for one of the Data Exercises. It is your choice

which week’s Data Exercise you choose; This paper should be 5 pages, double spaced. You must cite at least three professional references in this paper. A professional

reference is an article from a professional journal of physical anthropology or any science magazine covering physical anthropology.

Once you have chosen the Data Exercise you wish to write up, come up with a hypothesis based on the data that YOU collected. Now combine your data with that of your

classmates and analyze that data set. Use charts or tables to summarize the data. When you combine all the data recorded by the class, is your hypothesis supported or


You may paste your completed paper into the editing box below or you may create a website through which you present your data and just paste the URL into the box below

Organize your paper using the structure below:


This should be a brief description of the topic of your paper. It should include the subject material and a hypothesis.

?Materials and Methods:

?Typically this is the section where a researcher describes how (s)he collected her/his data.


The Results section is where you present your findings. You should describe your data in narrative, but also use charts or graphs to help to present your findings. You

can include photos, but that is optional, as ETUDES does not always allow upload of photos.


This is where you interpret the results of the data and conclude whether your hypothesis was supported or disproved. In this section you discuss what you think the

data means and why. You will want to any cite references you use to support your interpretations. This section should be a lengthy analysis of the data relative to

what other research has been done on your topic.


Summarize your paper here. Use this section to make any closing remarks and suggestions for further research. For example, if you chose one of the weeks during which

primate behavior was recorded, you may want to comment on how the zoo environment might have affected the results of your data.


Any paper you write should include a bibliography, which cites the sources of your information. Include the author, date, title, and publisher. Any references you cite

in the bibliography should also be cited in parentheses within the text of the paper using (Author, Year). A college research paper should have a minimum of three

professional journal articles.

NOTE: Do not spend a lot of time on font and format; most of this will be lost when you submit your paper through Assignments. If you decide to build a website to

present your data, be sure any text is easily readable.(one of the week data exercise:1) read the following excerpts from the Bell Curve:

“Many people believe that poverty results from being born into poverty. The authors acknowledge that this is somewhat true, as those who grow up in the bottom 5% of

socioeconomic circumstances will end up in poverty eight times more often than those in the top 5%. Yet low IQ is an even stronger predictor. If you have an IQ in the

bottom 5%, you are fifteen times more likely to end up in poverty than someone in the top 5%. It is clear from the data that intelligence primarily drives poverty.

If you are born into poverty with an IQ of 100, you have a 90% chance of being out of poverty by your early 30s. Intelligence is the most important predictor of

poverty, with marital status a close second. Those who are smart and well-educated are basically never impoverished, yet young white adults who…”

“Unemployed people are understood as pursuing work but failing to achieve it. But there are others not looking. Both are strongly correlated with low IQ for whites.

Most of out of the labor force were in college or graduate school but of those not in school, 15% spent a month or more outside of work in 1989. That number was twice

that in those with low IQs and socioeconomic background does not explain it.

Why are some out of work? Physical disability is one cause, but low IQ still is a good predictor. Of those who see themselves as too disabled to work, nine out of ten

fell in the bottom 25% of IQ and less than 5% were in the top 25%. It is not clear why IQ and physical difficulties are closely related, but…”

“There is no doubt that there are ethnic differences in IQ. Large human groups vary between one another culturally and biologically, so the notion that they might vary

in intelligence should not surprise anyone. These differences have important social consequences, but they are not as bad as many suppose.

East Asians have the highest scores in IQ and achievement tests. It is not clear how large the difference is, whether it ranges from a few to ten points. But East

Asians have higher nonverbal intelligence but equal or lower in verbal intelligence.

African-Americans and European-Americans differ by an entire standard deviation. The average white has a higher IQ than 84% of blacks. Average black and white IQs vary

within every socioeconomic class…”

“Many believe that American public schools poorly perform their assigned tasks, and there is evidence to support this view. But it is unclear whether or not American

school children of previous decades would do better on academic skill tests. Those children with average IQs may have better academic preparation today than at any

time in the recent past. The main problem is that the SAT scores of the most gifted children have been declining since the mid 1960s and verbal scores have not


The authors argue that this is due to the fact that more attention and resources have been invested in the disadvantaged than the gifted. When the book was written,

one-tenth of a percent of federal funds that went to…”

IMPORTANT: The authors go on to admit that differences in IQ disappear between “races” when you control for socioeconomic status (ie you compare rich Asians to rich

whites or poor blacks to poor whites, etc.).

2) Research this topic by googling/library searching: ‘the bell curve’, ‘the bell curve wars’, ‘Steven J. Gould’, ‘scientific racism’, ‘are IQ scores valid’, or any

other tags you can think of.

4) Discuss why the passage above is misleading. What is faulty about the way they test their hypothesis?


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