Making Universities Safer

Making Universities Safer Final Paper Rubrics

No matter which option you choose, your paper should address the following:

 

  1. Discuss the definition(s) of the type of violence that is your paper’s focus.
  2. Examine the overall patterns of the type of school violence, including prevalence, demographics, and other correlates.
  3. Synthesize the state of empirical research on the topic that includes a discussion of at least 10 peer-reviewed journal articles. Discuss the research that has been carried out- what are the strengths and weaknesses? Are there any “gaps” in the literature? (For example, is there a lack of research in certain geographic areas; are certain cultures or sub-groups not represented in most studies?)
  4. Include a References section and in-text citations in any format (e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.), as long as the formatting is consistent. Most journals in the fields of psychology and criminology use APA style, and many sociology journals do too, or they use ASA or Social Forces styles. All are acceptable, but try to use the style most common in your field.
  5. Be sure to proofread your paper for grammatical and spelling errors.

 

Option 1, Research Proposal:

Write a research proposal, making sure to thoroughly describe the methodology/ies that will be employed.  Proposals to use qualitative or quantitative methods, or both, are acceptable. This paper should include the following sub-headings/sections:

Introduction: Provide an overview of definitions, prevalence, correlates, and patterns of the type of violence you will examine in your research.

Literature Review: Synthesize the state of empirical research, identify strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in the literature.

Methods: Thoroughly describe the methodology/ies that will be employed in detail. You can use qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods. You should identify dependent and independent variables, operationalize them (in other words, discuss how they will be measured), and provide details regarding how your study will be carried out. Include the following subheadings:

Data and Sample– who will your subjects be and from what population will they be drawn? How long will the survey, interview, observation period, etc. be, and what are the considerations regarding the administration of your questions?

Variables– (Dependent and Independent) how will your variables of interest be measured?

Hypotheses (if applicable), what do you expect to find, based on prior research? This section is only not applicable to exploratory research.

Analysis – how will you analyze your data after it’s been collected?

 

 

Option 1 Rubric:

 

Criteria Points Achieved Points Possible
Define type of school violence examined, prevalence, and correlates in the Introduction section 10  
Identify the overall patterns of the type of school violence examined in the Introduction section 15  
Synthesize empirical research in the Literature Review section 35  
Include 10 peer-reviewed journal articles as sources 20  
Thoroughly describe proposed methodologies including data and sample, dependent and independent variables, hypotheses (if applicable), and analysis in the Methods section 20  
Format in-text citations and References section consistently 10  
Grammar/Spelling 15  
TOTAL   /125 =___________

 


 

Option 2, Research Paper:

Carry out a research project, writing the paper in the form of a thesis draft or draft of an article that can be submitted for publication.  This paper should include the following sub-headings/sections: Introduction, Literature Review, Methods, Results, Discussion/Conclusion, References

Introduction: Provide an overview of definitions, prevalence, correlates, and patterns of the type of violence you will examine in your research.

Literature Review: Synthesize the state of empirical research, identify strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in the literature.

Methods: Thoroughly describe the methodology/ies that were employed. You can use qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods. You should identify dependent and independent variables, operationalize them (in other words, discuss how they were measured), and provide details regarding how your study was be carried out. Include the following sub-headings:

Data and Sample– who are the subjects and from what population were they drawn? How was the data collected?

Variables– (Dependent and Independent) how are the variables of interest measured and coded?

Hypotheses (if applicable, what do you expect to find, based on prior research? This section is only not applicable to exploratory research.

Analysis – how is the data analyzed?

Results: This section can alternatively be titled “Findings.” Write up what you found in your research. You can include tables, if applicable.

Discussion/Conclusion: Summarize the findings and the implications of your research for policy, future research, and practice.

 

 

 

            Option 2 Rubric:

Criteria Points Achieved Points Possible
Define type of school violence examined, prevalence, and correlates in the Introduction section 10  
Identify the overall patterns of the type of school violence examined in the Introduction section 10  
Synthesize empirical research in the Literature Review section 25  
Include 10 peer-reviewed journal articles as sources 10  
Thoroughly describe proposed methodologies including data and sample, dependent and independent variables, hypotheses (if applicable), and analysis in the Methods section 15  
Discuss results/findings in a Results (or Findings) section 15  
Discuss implications of the research for policy, future research, and practice in a Discussion/Conclusion section 15  
Format in-text citations and References section consistently 10  
Grammar/Spelling 15  
TOTAL   /125 =___________

 

 

 

Option 3, Policy/Program Proposal

Write a proposal for an evidence-based policy or practice that can either prevent or reduce the level of violence in K-12 schools or on college/university campuses. This paper should include the following sub-headings/sections: Background, or, Project/Policy Relevance and Need, Project/Policy Description, Expected Results, References

Background: This section can alternatively be titled Project (or Policy) Relevance and Need, or Statement of the Problem. Provide an overview of definitions, prevalence, correlates, and patterns of the type of violence your proposal will address. Synthesize the state of empirical research, and identify the gaps and weaknesses that your proposal will address. In other words, show how your proposal is based on existing evidence and prior research. Provide the evidence that supports the need for your proposal.

 

Project/Policy Description:  Provide a detailed description of your proposed project, program, practice, or policy. Provide the objectives of the project or policy, the key actions that will be taken (whether in the context of a program/project, or as a result of your proposed policy), describe the target population(s) for your proposal.

 

Expected Results:  Discuss the expected short-term (1-2 years) and long term (3+ years) results of the project or policy. Be sure to back up your expectations with evidence and prior research that supports your assertions. How do you see the results of your project/program or policy affecting the well-being of the target population(s) and their school environments? How will the results of your project or policy have national implications and benefits? Are there international implications? What collaborations will be required to ensure the success of your proposed project or policy? How can the project or policy be sustained financially and logistically in the short and long term?

 

 

 

 

            Option 3 Rubric:

Criteria Points Achieved Points Possible
Define type of school violence examined, prevalence, and correlates in the Background section 10  
Identify the overall patterns of the type of school violence examined in the Background section 10  
Synthesize empirical research in the Background section 25  
Include 10 peer-reviewed journal articles as sources 20  
Thoroughly describe proposed project, program, practice, or policy including key actions and target population(s) in the Project or Policy Description section 20  
Discuss the expected short- and long-term results in detail in the Expected Results section 15  
Format in-text citations and References section consistently 10  
Grammar/Spelling 15  
TOTAL   /125 =___________

 

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