aTask: Explore a developmental topic you are interested in or a developmental area that will directly help you prepare for your future career working with children or adolescents. Consult the index within the textbook if you need a starting point. Clearly define and narrow your focus down to a specific small topic. Begin by gathering five peer reviewed journal articles that cover the topic thoroughly. Information on peer reviewed articles will be posted by the end of week 6. Find research that allows you to understand the connection between your topic and the importance of understanding and respecting diversity or cultural contexts. Analyze and synthesize at least four references (your text may count as one of your four references) into a 5 page formal research paper. The title page does not count toward the five page minimum. Clearly state and support your thesis. Use APA 6th edition format – include citations and reference page. Add an explorative section at the end that includes your personal reflection and connection to the content.
Audience: Write your paper in a way that will be easy for the parents of the children or adolescents you will be working with to understand. Present the research you gather in practical terms. Explain concepts thoroughly using clear language.
Format: This paper is an opportunity for you to master APA style formatting. Create a formal APA cover page. Use the introduction of your paper to engage your reader’s interest in your topic. Show your reader what makes the topic significant. The body of your paper should be made as persuasive evidence through appropriate analysis and synthesis of the peer reviewed journal articles. Include an aspect that demonstrates understanding and respect for diversity and/or the cultural context of your topic. Use the conclusion to “wrap up” both your research and purpose for doing the research while also providing something for the reader to walk away with. After you have finished the formal paper portion, write an explorative section that includes 1) your personal reflection, 2) connections to the research you have conducted, and 3) what this means to your future career. Create a reference page with all sources in APA format.
*Process and Deadlines: Five point deduction for each missed deadline
Topic & 5 Peer Reviewed Journal Articles Submitted November 1
Paper Outline & Rough Draft Submitted November 8
Final Draft November 22
* Documented visit to the writing center (five extra credit points)
Criteria for evaluation: This research paper is worth 100 points. See rubric below for more details.
The ability to communicate effectively in writing- 50% (50pts)
Organization & Mechanics – 30 pts
APA Format – 20 pts
Ability to critically analyze information – 30% (30pts)
Content, supporting data/evidence and implications –15 pts
Presentation of personal perspective and position [Explorative] – 15pts
Ability to understand and respect diversity in people and culture in societies – 20% (20pts)
Integration of factual information on diversity issues or cultural contexts -10 pts
Value of diversity based on personal reflection and knowledge [Explorative] – 10 pts
Purdue Owl is a great website to visit for APA formatting:
Research Paper Rubric: Writing, Critical Thinking, Diversity
|Inappropriate or inaccurate word choice; repetitive words and sentence types; inappropriate or inconsistent point of view and tone.
Frequent non-standard grammar, spelling, punctuation interferes with comprehension and writer’s credibility.
|Generally appropriate word
choice; variety in vocabulary and sentence types; appropriate point of view and tone. Some non-standard grammar, spelling, and punctuation; errors do not generally interfere with comprehension or writer’s
|Word choice appropriate for the task; precise, vivid vocabulary; variety of sentence types; consistent and appropriate point of view and tone. Standard grammar, spelling, punctuation; no interference with comprehension or writer’s
|APA Formatting is inconsistent or unused.
In-text citations are inconsistent and incomplete; content is not supported by sources.
|APA formatting is somewhat used. In-text and ending documentation are clear, consistent, and complete; cited information is somewhat incorporated into the document.||APA formatting is consistent and effectively used. In-text and ending documentation are clear,
consistent, and complete; cited information is incorporated effectively.
|Topic is poorly developed; support is lacking; reflects lack of understanding of topic and audience; minimally accomplishes goals of the assignment.||Topic is evident; some supporting detail; somewhat reflects understanding of topic and audience; generally accomplishes goals of the assignment.||Topic/thesis is clearly stated and well developed; appropriate for the topic & audience; evidence of
Effective critical thinking; completely accomplishes the goals of the assignment.
|Personal perspective, Position[Explorative] 0-15 pts||Student’s own personal perspective or position is not provided.||Student’s own personal perspective and position is implied or unclearly stated within the explorative section.||Student’s own personal perspective and position on topic is clearly stated within the explorative section.|
|Integration of diversity issues or cultural contexts
|Demonstrates minimal knowledge of importance of topic for racial, ethnic or other relevant groups. Lacks cultural perspective on the issue.||Demonstrates moderate knowledge of the importance of topic for racial, ethnic, or other relevant groups. Moderate cultural perspective on issue.||Demonstrates substantial knowledge of the importance of topic for racial, ethnic, or other relevant groups. Substantial cultural perspective on issue.|
|Value of diversity[Explorative] 0-10 pts||Understanding and values regarding diversity are based primarily on limited factual knowledge and personal observation; little apparent influence of personal experience outside own immediate environment.||Understanding and values regarding diversity are based primarily on moderate factual knowledge and personal observation; some apparent influence of personal experience outside own immediate environment.||Understanding and values regarding diversity are based on reflection and integration of substantial factual knowledge and personal observation; strong
apparent influence of personal
experience outside own immediate environment.
- Exhibits most characteristics of ‘1’ and some of ‘3’
** Exhibits most characteristics of ‘3’ and some of ‘5’