AGRI 201 – Communicating Across Cultures Rubric for Research Paper Topic Description

AGRI 201 – Communicating Across Cultures

Rubric for Research Paper

Topic

Description

Points

Value

Points Received

Style

Type using a 12 point standard font, such as Times New Roman or Arial

Text should be double spaced on 8 ½ “ x 11” paper with 1 inch margins

6 page minimum; 8 page maximum, not including title and reference page. Adhere to page limits

Use sub-topic headings

Introduction

Purpose/Objectives/Hypothesis

Methods

Results and Findings

Summary and Conclusions

References

10

Title page: Include title of paper, that clearly and succinctly describes the topic of the paper, your name, AGRI 201

Introduction: Your introduction should not exceed one page (double spaced, typed). The purpose of an introduction is to acquaint the reader with the rationale behind the work, with the intention of defending it. It cites relevant, credible, scholarly literature, places your work in a theoretical context, and enables the reader to understand and appreciate your objectives.

Determine your thesis statement: The following approach should be used:

Describe the importance (significance) of the paper- why was this topic worth researching in the first place?

Provide a rationale. Briefly state your specific hypothesis or objective(s) and describe the reasoning that led you to select them.

20

Purpose/Objectives/Hypothesis: Expand on what you wrote in your thesis.

How does this topic affect your view of diversity, equity, and inclusion?

How does your research affect your understanding of cultures and ideas different from your own?

10

Topic

Description

Points

Value

Points Received

Methods: How did you collect your data? (surveys, interviews, research literature, movies, etc?)

What methods did you use to gather your resources?

Are there any biases present in the resources you used? If so, what are they?

10

Results and Findings: This section is to present and illustrate your findings. First, report your results. What did you find from your data collection? Then interpret your results using the research literature.

Summarize your findings in text and illustrate them, if appropriate, with figures or tables. Include figures and tables as appendices

Discuss findings from the research literature (peer-reviewed research). How does the data you collected (interviews, media, etc.) compare to what other researchers have found? Do your findings agree or disagree? If there are disagreements, what are some possible reasons for these disagreements?

Provide a context, such as referring to the research question or objective addressed.

50

Summary and Conclusions: If prior to your conclusion you have not yet explained the significance of your views, or if you are proceeding inductively, use the end of your paper to add your points up, to explain their significance.

Move from a detailed to a general level of consideration that returns the topic to the context provided by the introduction.

10

References

Minimum of fifteen references from resources that support your statements with appropriate citations in the paper. Ten references should be scholarly resources (books, peer-reviewed journal articles) and five references should be community resources (interviews, media sources). Use APA style correctly. Any sources listed on your reference page must be cited in the essay.

30

Grammar/

Style

The following points will be added:

Use past tense except when referring to established facts.

Don’t use passive voice

Organize your ideas, making one major point with each paragraph.

Present background information only as needed in order to support a position. The reader does not want to read everything you know about a subject.

States the hypothesis/objective precisely; do not oversimplify.

Spelling and clarity of sentences.

10

Total Points

150