complete a 3-5 page research paper (100 points) addressing a specified topic (list found below).The research paper must be formatted in accordance with APA guidelines.
A minimum of three scholarly references must be utilized with the textbook being counted as one of these sources.
The 3-5 page length requirement, for the research paper, does not include the Title Page or Reference Page. The actual body of the research paper must be 3-5 pages in length.
Each student is to select one topic, for their research paper, from the following list;
Research Topic List
The Nature-Nurture Controversy
Theories of Human Development (Psychoanalytic Theory; Behaviorism; Cognitive Theory; Humanism; Evolutionary Theory)
Thinking During Early Childhood (Piaget’s Preoperational Thought; Vygotsky’s Social Learning; Children’s Theories)
Death and Dying
Research Paper Grading Rubric
Far Below Expectations
Introduction (up to 10 pts)
Presents main points/summary of information in an organized and thorough manner
Identifies topics/issues be addressed
Engages the reader
Organization/Structure (up to 15 pts)
Flows well, using effective transitions and paragraph structure
Has a clear beginning, middle, and end
Content/Analysis (up to 50 pts)
Identifies and analyzes information in relation to course content
Demonstrates critical thinking at a level appropriate to this course
Explores/Analyzes/Evaluates/Synthesizes subject as expected and with sufficient depth
Uses text/readings/outside references appropriately
Conclusion (up to 10 pts)
Presents personal, educated opinion or related experience regarding the information presented.
Summarizes information clearly and accurately.
Writing Skills & APA Compliance (up to 15 pts)
Uses APA style formatting accurately, including title page, page numbering, and margins
References selected are appropriate (e.g., relevant, current)
Shows advanced writing skills – clear, concise, thorough, analytical, proper sentence structure
Uses appropriate grammar, spelling, punctuation, word-choice, appropriate length