Education 417: School and Society

Spring 2012


Approximately 2000 words minimum

You may work individually or in pairs.


(the rubric can be found at the end of this page)

Your paper will have the following sections:

1. Introduction: Here you present the purpose of the study and the reasons why you chose this topic. (Some reasons: social relevance, theoretical relevance, personal history, fill in gaps in existing knowledge....) Here you can bring in the concepts and information from the course readings, your own experience, statistical background information, etc. Make sure you state your question clearly. This will help you guide your library research.

2. What did I find in my library research? Find at least three scholarly articles in peer reviewed journals that provide interesting information related to your topic. Present this information in your paper. Make sure you cite your sources and that you paraphrase.

3. In addition to the research articles use other sources, such as books, websites, encyclopedias, or other types of journals

4. A brief final conclusion: Restate, what was your question? What did you find? What implications do your findings have for everyday life?

4. Bibliography. Present in alphabetical order. Use APA Style.

 You will have 10 minutes for your presentation and 5 minutes for questions. If you worked in pairs, you will have 15 to 20 minutes for the presentation.


Assessment Rubric
(Maximum 80 points)

Please note that you have to cite all your references in the text, and you have to list your sources in the Bibliography. If no sources are cited in the text, or if you don't list your sources, the grade on the paper will be an F.

Introduction (16 points)

  1. Clear formulation of your purpose or question.
  2. Justification refers to:
    concepts and information from the course readings
    personal experience (this is optional)
    statistical background information

Library Research: Scholarly Articles (20 points)

  1. Summary from Library research. At least three scholarly articles from peer reviewed journals. Articles are relevant to question of study.
  2. Information presented is precise and clear.
  3. Sources cited and adequately paraphrased. (APA)

Library Research: Other sources (9 points)

Use of other sources, such as books, or other types of journals

Final Conclusion (4 points)

  1. Question is restated
  2. Brief summary of main findings

Quality of Writing (16 Points)

Please check this website

for criteria for good writing:

  1. Clarity
  2. Accuracy
  3. Precision
  4. Relevance
  5. Depth
  6. Logic


Bibliography (10 Points)

a) Presented in alphabetical order

b) APA Style


Self-assessment using assessment rubric (copy and paste this rubric at the end of your paper, for each section give yourself the points that you think you deserve) (5 points)


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