What are some practical ways a practitioner could continue to gain scholarly knowledge after completing formal education and degree requirements?
Rubric for Research Paper
|Outstanding – 20pts||Good – 15pts||Fair – 10pts||Unacceptable – 5pts|
|Outline||Excellent section headings, indicative of a steady “flow” to the overall paper. Topics and subtopics clearly indicated.|
|Good section headings, indicative to a steady “flow” to the overall paper. Topics clearly indicated, could use more subtopics.|
|Fair section headings, indicative that the paper has “flow”. Topics and subtopics not clearly indicated. Unclear organization of thoughts.|
Relevant topics missing or incorrect, paper has no indicative “flow”.
|Abstract||Highly informative, complete and easy to understand. Appropriate vocabulary is used.|
Abstract makes you want to read the paper.
|Informative, complete and understandable. Appropriate vocabulary is used.||Somewhat informative and understandable.|
|Not very informative or understandable.|
|Structure||Thesis is clear, easy to find, and appropriate to the assignment.|
Thesis is supported by the rest of the paper.
Paper contains a “roadmap” for the reader.
There is a logical “flow” to the topics/arguments. Conclusion follows clearly from the arguments presented.
|Thesis is clear and appropriate. Thesis fairly well supported.|
Paper is fairly well organized.
Conclusion follows from the rest of the paper.
|Thesis is fairly clear.|
Inconsistent support for thesis. Paper weakly organized. Conclusion is acceptable.
|Thesis unclear and/or inappropriate.|
Thesis not supported.
Paper is not organized. Conclusion doesn’t follow from the rest of the paper.
|Research||The evidence comes from a wide variety of valid sources. The bibliography is complete and reflects appropriate sources.|
|The evidence comes from the minimum valid sources. The bibliography is complete.||Valid sources are inconsistently used. The bibliography contains minor formatting errors.|
|Multiple sources cited incorrectly.|
|Arguments are pertinent to the topic.|
Arguments are logical, supported with evidence. The key arguments have been made – no major points have been left out.
pertinent to the topic. Arguments are fairly logical and reasonably supported.
Most key arguments have been made.
|Arguments are not consistently pertinent, logical, or supported. Few key arguments have been made.||Arguments not pertinent. Arguments rarely, if at|
all, logical and supported.
Almost no key arguments have been made.