Requirements and Evaluation of Research Paper in Cultural Competency

Requirements and Evaluation of Research Paper in Cultural Competency

Each HSA 3412 student will be asked to write a polished original research paper. The research paper will increase the student’s critical perspectives, awareness, and knowledge in a course subject area. Each paper will focus on a specific and narrowly defined topic. Students choose the focus of their papers based on their professional and academic interests within the specific course’s context. All topics should be course related and could be based on one or more textbook chapters.

The original research paper should demonstrate that the student has read widely and critically in the relevant field. The student has a chance to present his/her point of view through a well-structured and compelling paper while properly citing others’ ideas. The paper’s references section should include at least 5 reliable, current, and professional sources.

The paper must be at least 8 pages long including an abstract, with 12pt font double-spaced, and 1 inch margins all around. The paper should adhere to the American Psychological Association style manual, and must be submitted to the Blackboard before the deadline. Student work will be checked by the Blackboard plagiarism detection software. Violations of the student code of conduct (plagiarism, cheating) will result in an F being assigned for this course. So make sure you submit your original research paper onto the Blackboard before the deadline.

Research Paper Rubric

4

Exceeds Expectations

3

Meets Expectations

2

Approaches Expectations

1

Does not Meet Expectations

Abstract

Clearly and sequentially conveys the content of paper

Gives a general overview of paper topic, but no sequential elaboration of contents

Does not provide a clear representation of paper contents

Not provided

Topic Introduction

Excellent introduction that addressed purpose, theoretical basis, and significance of the paper topic. The significance of the research paper has been established and grounded in previous knowledge or research.

Adequate introduce purpose, and significance of the topic with some weaknesses. The significance of the research has been established.

Significant weaknesses in introduction of purpose, significance of the topic.

The introduction is unacceptable.

Development

Paper statement or research question addresses a relevant and specific course area and advances a new argument or perspective

Paper statement or research question addresses a relevant and specific course area

Paper statement or research question is overly general but makes an arguable claim

Paper statement or research question is not well defined or absent

Evidence

Paper statement or research question is thoroughly supported by evidence, examples, observations, and appropriate citations

Paper statement or research question is supported by appropriate citations

Paper statement or research question is supported by some evidence with citations

Paper question is unevenly or illogically supported. citations are inappropriate

Critical Thinking

Integrates different disciplinary knowledge and includes evidence of reflection

Integrates multiple viewpoints and compares ideas or perspectives

Considers multiple viewpoints and ideas tentatively

Does not consider multiple points of view

Delivery

Very clear and concise flow of ideas. Transitions between ideas enhance the presentation in paragraphs and subsections

Order of ideas in paragraphs and subsections is easy to follow

Order of ideas in paragraphs is apparent but occasionally difficult to follow

Order of ideas in paragraphs is usually difficult to follow

Conclusions

Extends conclusions to address implications and consider ambiguities

Conclusions are logical based on arguments and evidence presented

Conclusions only loosely follow from arguments and evidence presented

Fails to identify conclusions or conclusions presented are simplistic

Writing Style

Paper is coherent, concise and well structured with a clear purpose. Error free (spelling, grammar, typographical errors)

Paper is coherent, concise and well structured with a clear purpose and few errors.

Paper conveys the main points of the topic but additional polish is needed. Several errors

Paper is incoherent with little structure; difficult to appreciate the content; numerous errors

Citation of sources

Appropriate citation of sources. Contains 5 or more relevant references

Contains references to at least 5, the majority of which are relevant. A few missing citations

Contains references to 5 studies but most are irrelevant

Does not include other studies. Lack of citations

Paper guidelines and APA style (e.g., references, levels of heading, margins)

APA guidelines were followed

APA guidelines were followed with a few instances of incorrect formatting and style

APA guidelines were used but there are several instances of incorrect formatting and style.

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