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Unformatted Document Text:  It is important that all major concepts and variables be clearly defined. The instrumentation can take the form of a list of interview questions, a table of concepts to identify as a content analysis procedure. a questionnaire to be executed, or a display of data found in an existing database. Note that preliminary coding needs to be established. The instruments themselves and the coding forms can be placed in an appendix. You must discuss them in the text and justify your choices. This section can be revised later and inserted into your term paper. Be sure to continue to cite any references from scholarly sources, government reports, media documents, and other important works. Writing should be clear and concise, written in the third person, and displaying correct spelling and grammar. COMMENTS: (General assessment and specific ideas for future improvement.) ____ ABSTRACT (1 PT)High (1) Clearly focused research question, hypotheses and summary of methods Low (0) Lacking in focus, unable to summarize methods/procedures _____ REVISED RESEARCH QUESTION AND VARIABLES (9 PTS) High (8-9) Clearly laid out research question/hypotheses, variables Adequate (5-7) Incomplete explanationsLow (0-4) Unclear or gaps in research question/variables _____ METHODS (20 PTS) High (16-20) Good grasp of methods related to study Adequate (10-15) Incomplete discussion of methodsLow (0-9) Lack of understanding of methods _____ INSTRUMENTATION AND PROCEDURES (20 PTS) High (10) Good explanation of instruments and procedures Adequate (5-7) Incomplete explanation of instruments/proceduresLow (0-4) Lack of understanding of instruments/procedures ENDNOTES All work needs referencing and referencing SCORING RUBRIC: THE RESEARCH PAPER (100 points) The final research paper represents a revision of smaller papers that can be edited into this document along with the most important section: the findings. In some cases, you will have revised your study question and refined your methodology. You may also have added new literature. This is all appropriate to do. In the end, you want the paper to be clear and concise, explaining to the reader your line of inquiry and discovery. The paper may present preliminary findings, a discovery where you have few observations and cannot be conclusive. Simply call it the way you see it without pretending the study to be more than it is. The final paper will contain preliminaries (title page, abstract, table of contents, list of tables and figures) as well as text chapters. The major text chapters include Background, Methodology, Findings, and Conclusion. Endnotes/Sources will follow along with Appendices. Be sure to continue to cite any references from scholarly sources, government reports, media documents, and other important works. Writing should be clear and concise, written in the third person, and displaying correct spelling and grammar. There should be no errors of fact and follow rules for referencing other works. COMMENTS: (General assessment and specific ideas for future improvement.) 6

Authors: Long, Dianne.
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It is important that all major concepts and variables be clearly defined. The instrumentation can
take the form of a list of interview questions, a table of concepts to identify as a content analysis
procedure. a questionnaire to be executed, or a display of data found in an existing database.
Note that preliminary coding needs to be established. The instruments themselves and the coding
forms can be placed in an appendix. You must discuss them in the text and justify your choices.
This section can be revised later and inserted into your term paper. Be sure to continue to cite
any references from scholarly sources, government reports, media documents, and other
important works. Writing should be clear and concise, written in the third person, and displaying
correct spelling and grammar.
COMMENTS: (General assessment and specific ideas for future improvement.)
____
ABSTRACT (1 PT)
High (1)
Clearly focused research question, hypotheses and summary of methods
Low (0)
Lacking in focus, unable to summarize methods/procedures
_____ REVISED RESEARCH QUESTION AND VARIABLES (9 PTS)
High (8-9)
Clearly laid out research question/hypotheses, variables
Adequate (5-7) Incomplete explanations
Low (0-4)
Unclear or gaps in research question/variables
_____ METHODS (20 PTS)
High (16-20) Good grasp of methods related to study
Adequate (10-15) Incomplete discussion of methods
Low (0-9)
Lack of understanding of methods
_____ INSTRUMENTATION AND PROCEDURES (20 PTS)
High (10)
Good explanation of instruments and procedures
Adequate (5-7) Incomplete explanation of instruments/procedures
Low (0-4)
Lack of understanding of instruments/procedures
ENDNOTES All work needs referencing and referencing
SCORING RUBRIC: THE RESEARCH PAPER (100 points)
The final research paper represents a revision of smaller papers that can be edited into this document along
with the most important section: the findings. In some cases, you will have revised your study question
and refined your methodology. You may also have added new literature. This is all appropriate to do. In
the end, you want the paper to be clear and concise, explaining to the reader your line of inquiry and
discovery. The paper may present preliminary findings, a discovery where you have few observations and
cannot be conclusive. Simply call it the way you see it without pretending the study to be more than it is.
The final paper will contain preliminaries (title page, abstract, table of contents, list of tables and figures)
as well as text chapters. The major text chapters include Background, Methodology, Findings, and
Conclusion. Endnotes/Sources will follow along with Appendices. Be sure to continue to cite any
references from scholarly sources, government reports, media documents, and other important works.
Writing should be clear and concise, written in the third person, and displaying correct spelling and
grammar. There should be no errors of fact and follow rules for referencing other works.
COMMENTS: (General assessment and specific ideas for future improvement.)
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