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This a research paper for social work student. Please do not show interest if you are unable to do this assignment. This assignment if 50 percent of my entire grades in this class
SOWK 317 Research Paper Assignment Fall 2022 In this research paper you will study a social issue or problem that impacts children and/or families served in your field practicum agency. All students will include an introduction, description and scope of issue/problem, a theory to understand the issue/problem, the connection of your topic to your field practicum agency, and a conclusion. In addition, each student will choose ONE of the following topics to include: a specific intervention that has been proven to be effective OR a related social policy that impacts the issue or problem. How will writing this paper help me? Researching a specified social issue or problem that relates to your internship benefits you because the more you learn about the issues your clients face, the more skilled you will be at helping them. The knowledge gained through this paper will increase your ability to demonstrate critical thinking in your work with clients and in the Senior Comprehensive Exam. Demonstrating mastery of college-level writing and research skills indicates that you are prepared for professional practice or graduate school and successful completion of this assignment provides important evidence for future strong faculty recommendations. What are the technical requirements? The body of the final paper (excluding title and reference pages) should be 5-7 pages. All work must follow APA guidelines including double-spaced, 1” margins throughout, New Times Roman font, a title page, a reference page, etc. Use the current edition of APA; Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed. or the Pocket Guide to APA Style by Robert Perrin, 7th ed. Include a title and reference page with every section submitted for grading. To avoid plagiarism, in-text citations must be used throughout the paper. A minimum of 5 professional references are required (See Step 1 for additional information). Within the body of the paper use headings for each section; Introduction, Description and Scope, Theory, Intervention or Policy (identifying only the one area that you are addressing), Application to Field Practicum, Conclusion, and References. The headings should be bold. Clear, concise, inclusive, bias-free language and professional senior-level writing skills are expected. It is expected that future versions of your paper will incorporate previous feedback in the next submission of the paper (e.g., a noted correction on APA format should be made on all subsequent submissions). All papers must be submitted to Turnitin.com AND Blackboard Follow all directions for each step outlined below. All assignments are due at the beginning of class and considered late if turned in during class. Follow the additional APA and writing guidelines provided in the videos, PowerPoints, and sample paper provided in this class. What else do I need to know before starting? Various sections of the paper will be turned in throughout the quarter (see steps and the course schedule for timelines). Grading rubrics for each section are attached to help you see how your work will be evaluated. Take advantage of the resources the University provides for you. Supplemental assistance is available at the Writing Center, La Sierra’s Library, and through your instructor. How will your instructor help you succeed? Meet with you at least three times to discuss your paper (all required meetings). The first meeting is to help you define your topic (see Steps 1 & 2). The other two meetings are after the introduction and theory sections have been submitted. These meetings provide the opportunity for feedback along with the completed grading rubric, clarification as needed, and for you to ask questions. Be available to schedule additional appointments when requested ahead of time. Answer your emails as soon as possible; within 24 hours (unless on a weekend). Refer you to the Writing Center if your grammar, sentence or paragraph structure, APA formatting/citations can be improved. Research Paper Steps (See Course Schedule for Group A and B Due Dates) Step 1 – Pick a Topic & Conduct a Literature Search This begins immediately and needs to be completed before your meeting with the instructor in Step 2. Pick a Topic You will choose a specific topic that relates to an issue or problem faced by the children and/or families that you are serving at your field practicum agency. You may not choose a topic with which you are already familiar and/or that uses a portion of an assignment submitted for another class. Examples of general topic areas that you might consider include: (a) child sexual abuse, (b) juvenile delinquency, (c) children with a disability/chronic illness, (d) family violence, or (e) single-parent families. Examples of specific topics (what we would like) include: (a) Adolescent Substance Abuse: Causes and Treatment, (b) Working with Stepfamilies: Special Considerations and Successful Interventions, or (c) Social Policy: The Impact of TANF on Families If you are struggling to find a topic appropriate for your field site, schedule a 30-minute appointment with the instructor as soon as possible. Conducting a Literature Search Immediately upon choosing a topic, you will begin thoroughly researching your topic. Gathering your references is time-consuming, but is an important aspect of your work as a thorough literature search is the foundation of a good research paper. You will need to conduct an electronic literature search. If you are unsure about how to conduct a literature search, please contact a university librarian! Sometimes in this process you find that you need to modify your topic because you are unable to find sufficient resources. Based on this literature search, you will select a minimum of 5 sources (book chapters, scholarly journal articles, entire books, professional/scholarly Internet resources) for your paper. A required textbook cannot be considered one of your 5 sources. Your reference list must include at least one relevant scholarly journal article. If you use Internet resources be sure to evaluate the website to assess the validity of the web resource! Not all websites are appropriate for use in a scholarly paper. All references should be recent (within the last 15 years) unless the work is historically significant, pivotal, or a seminal piece of research on the topic. For example, in the area of child abuse, research by Kempe or Finkelhor, regardless of the date, would be significant. Do not use textbooks used in the Social Work Department because you should already be familiar with this information. Also, use many sources of information and do not rely too heavily on one source. Meet with a Research Librarian In an effort to assist you in your library research, save you time, and ultimately improve your final paper, you are required to meet with a research librarian during this step. Plan ahead! To schedule an appointment, email [email protected] with your availability over the next week. The reference librarian can either help via email or can schedule a Zoom meeting. There are instructional videos available on the library website https://lasierra.edu/library/ and also posted on Blackboard in the Research Folder. You will need to show proof of your meeting with the librarian when you meet with the instructor. There is an online reference librarian evaluation form that the library would like students to fill out after they have been assisted by a librarian (http://lasierra.edu/refeval). Step 2 – Meeting with Instructor You will schedule a 45-minute appointment with the instructor to discuss your specific topic, review your resources, and go through your proposed outline. As previously stated, to make an appointment, use the Zoom link available as created by instructor. The appointments are longer than 30 minutes. This meeting will allow you to get immediate instructor feedback early in the process to help ensure that you are “on track.” The instructor will provide verbal feedback and offer suggestions as to areas to explore within the paper that will help strengthen your work. Your preparation for this meeting is graded and your grade will be determined by how you meet the following expectations. Use the grading rubric provided as a guide on how you will be evaluated. Each student is expected to: Have spent hours researching the topic AND reading the materials prior to this meeting During the appointment show ALL the materials you have gathered to complete your paper through the sharing feature in Zoom Discuss each resource with the instructor with an explanation of how the resource will contribute to your paper (verbal literature review addressing each required section of the paper) Demonstrate evidence of having met with the research librarian Discuss your progress and explore any problems that you are experiencing Demonstrate professionalism; keep appointment time (rescheduling is not always possible due to the number of students who need to be seen), being on time, being prepared to take notes, etc. Name ________________________________ Step 2: Meeting with Instructor Grading Criteria Use this grading rubric as a guide on how you will be evaluated. This step is worth 10% of your final grade. Area Points Earned Points Possible Comments Research 6 – Located sufficient materials to cover all aspects of the paper – 5 sources including 1 scholarly journal article – Materials fit the criteria – Shows references during meeting- Provides evidence of meeting with librarian Discussion of Material 10 – Is familiar with the materials; able to give a verbal review- Demonstrate that research on the specific topic has been conducted beyond the preliminary stage; is not just a “skeleton”- Every section is covered (intro/description/scope; theory; intervention or policy; app to field; conclusion)- Brings questions and explores any problem areas Professionalism 4 -Makes appointment as required in instructions -Keeps scheduled appointment-Arrives on time- Has materials available to take notes-Asks questions/actively engaged 10% deduction per week late TOTAL 20 Step 3 – Introduction, Description and Scope of Issue/Problem You will not be able to write an introductory paragraph until you have thoroughly researched the topic. After your research you should be ready to write your introductory paragraph, describe the issue/problem and provide statistics as to its scope. Your introductory paragraph must include: a brief overview of the topic your thesis statement Your discussion of the issue/problem area should include: Why is this issue/problem important? Provide a description of the issue or problem. What are the statistics or incidence of the issue/problem? Who is affected? Are any groups more affected than others (e.g., age, social class, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, race, sex, sexual orientation)? If so, describe any contributory factors. Does the issue/problem area impact the family? Does it impact all types of families in similar ways, or do differences exist? Describe any protective or risk factors that may influence the level of impact. This section must be a minimum of one-full page. Before submitting this section all students must either visit the Writing Center, or have a peer review the paper. In Blackboard you will turn in: 1) the draft of the paper provided to the reviewer; 2) the reviewer’s comments; and 3) the draft of your paper that takes into account the suggestions made by the reviewer (Writing Center or peer). The Writing Center provides a form that they use, while the peer review form is attached. Remember to turn in this section of the paper with a title page and a references page with sources used. The reference page with each section should be formatted using APA style (7th ed.) each time you turn in a section. You will submit each section of the paper to Blackboard AND Turnitin.com prior to class. Submit to Blackboard as you have done with papers in the past. To submit to Turnitin.com, go to Turnitin.com: Class ID = 26414761 and the Enrollment Key = SOWK317 Be sure to follow all technical guidelines outlined above. You will schedule an appointment with the instructor the following week to receive feedback. This feedback will give you the opportunity to continue to refine your work for the final paper. This step is worth 10% of your final grade. The following grading rubric will be used as a basis for all written work on this paper. See the specific grading rubric for each step for more grading criteria details. Grading Rubric for Written Work Content (75%) See specific assignment instructions APA Standards (10%) Title Page Page number on the top right alignment Title is bold, centered horizontally about 3-4 lines below the top of the page Author (Student Name); blank double-space line between title and author’s name Social Work Department, La Sierra University (double space) Course number and title (double-space) Instructor’s name (double-space) Date written out – September 21, 2020 Format One-inch margins Times New Roman 12-point font size Headings are correctly formatted Numbers one through nine written out No contractions used Citations & References Correct in-text citations Quotes (include author, year & page number) Paraphrasing (include author & year) Reference page Alphabetical order Second line indented Correct citation format based on book, journal article, website, etc. Writing Skills (15%) Clarity/Cohesion/Flow The writing is clear and easy to follow Stream of thought is clear, logical, coherent, and relevant Proper paragraph breaks to indicate change of thought/topic Organization Follows the outline of assignment instructions Falls within page limit required for assignment Professional Language Reflection papers use 1st person point of view (“I feel/think…”); all other papers use 3rd person point of view (“This paper will cover …”; “According to …”) Non-biased, inclusive language (person with schizophrenia; person with alcoholism) Correct Grammar Complete sentences Proper use of punctuation Correct spelling and word usage Name ________________________________ Step 3: Introduction, Description and Scope of Issue/Problem Grading Criteria (Use this rubric as a guide on how your work will be evaluated.) Category Points Earned Points Possible Comments Content (75%) Introduction – Overview of topic – Thesis statement Discussion of Issue – Description of problem/why an issue? – Stats – Who is affected? – Impact on families 30 APA Standards (10%) Title Page Format References/Citations 4 Writing Skills (15%) Professional Language Grammar Organization Flow 6 Subtotal Deductions (If Any) Late Submission* No Peer/Writing Center Review Does not meet assignment guidelines (1-page minimum, submit draft, etc.) Did not appropriately schedule appointments TOTAL * Papers are not considered on time or reviewed without a Turnitin.com electronic submission 40 Step 4 – Theory To help you understand the link between theory and practice, you will choose one of the theoretical frameworks/perspectives listed below and show how it informs actual social work practice within the chosen issue/problem. Options for theoretical frameworks/perspectives are: 1) person-in-environment/ecological; 2) strengths/risk/resiliency; 3) family systems; 4) Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development; or 5) Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Your discussion of the theory will: Identify and describe one major theory from the above list that helps you understand this topic. Identify and describe the major propositions, assumptions, or concepts of the theory. Explain why you chose this theory for this particular topic/issue/problem area. Demonstrate/show the relevancy giving specific examples. This section of the paper must be a minimum of two pages. Before submitting this section all students must either visit the Writing Center, or have a peer review the paper. On Blackboard you will turn in: 1) the draft of the paper provided to the reviewer; 2) the reviewer’s comments; and 3) the draft of your paper that takes into account the suggestions made by the reviewer (Writing Center or peer). You must submit the final draft of this section to Turnitin.com following the directions in the last step. Be sure to follow all technical guidelines outlined above. Remember to turn in this section of the paper with a title page and an APA formatted reference page with sources used. This section is worth 10% of your final grade. Name ________________________________ Step 4: Theory Grading Criteria (Use this rubric as a guide on how your work will be evaluated.) Category Points Earned Points Possible Comments Content (75%) Identify and describe theory Identify and describe major concepts Explain why this theory applies Demonstrate relevancy through specific examples 30 APA Standards (10%) Title Page Format References/Citations 4 Writing Skills (15%) Professional Language Grammar Organization Flow 6 Subtotal Deductions (If Any) Late Submission* No Peer/Writing Center review Does not meet assignment guidelines (used appropriate theory; PIE, strengths/risk/resiliency, family systems, Erikson, Maslow; 2 pages minimum, did not incorporate previous feedback, etc.) Did not appropriately schedule appts TOTAL * Papers are not considered on time or reviewed without a Turnitin.com electronic submission 40 Step 5 – Final Paper The body of your final paper will include all sections previously assigned edited with previous suggestions taken into account along with ONE of the two possible areas identified below: 1) Specific Intervention OR Related Social Policy Intervention: To help you know how to intervene with clients experiencing issues/problems related to your topic, you will explore a specific intervention or treatment approach that has been proven useful in addressing the topic/issue. Your discussion of the intervention will: Identify and describe a treatment intervention that has documented effectiveness and proven results with your identified issue. Describe the intervention. Include in your discussion the information that supports the use of the intervention and its techniques for this particular issue. Describe the role of the social worker in the intervention process. Social Policy: Discuss a specific policy related to social/economic justice that might be relevant to your work with children and families related to your topic. 2) Application to the Field Practicum After completing all your research, you will apply your topic to your field practicum agency. You will describe several connections between the knowledge that you have gained through your research to social work at your agency. This will involve showing links between your field practicum and your research that might include the scope of the problem, theory, intervention, and/or social/economic policies. You will provide specific examples of these applications. For example, if you are working in a setting with an individual and their family and you see examples of family systems theory being exhibited, you would describe the situation and explain how those specific family systems principles are being demonstrated. Or, if you are working with an adolescent who is struggling, you might want to explain the stage the client is in using Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development and how successful/unsuccessful the client is in managing the psychosocial crisis in this stage. 3) Conclusion: In your conclusion you will summarize the topic and your findings by restating the main points of your paper. The Step 5 section of the paper must be a minimum of two pages. At this point, it is not required, but you may wish to either visit the Writing Center or have a peer review the paper if you find your writing needs strengthening. If you decide to do so, submit the Writing Center and/or peer review comments when you turn in your paper. Remember to turn in this section of the paper with a title page and a references page with sources used. You must submit the final polished and completed paper to Blackboard and Turnitin.com. Be sure to follow all technical guidelines outlined above. This section is worth 10% of your final grade. Name ________________________________ Step 5: Final Paper Grading Criteria Use this rubric as a guide on how your work will be evaluated. Category Points Earned Points Possible Comments Content (75%) Introduction Description/Scope of Problem Theory/Framework/Perspective Intervention or Social/Economic Policies Application to Field Conclusion 3 3 3 8 8 5 APA Standards (10%) Title Page Format References/Citations 4 Writing Skills (15%) Professional Language Grammar Organization Flow (sentence clarity, etc.) 6 Subtotal Deductions (If Any) Late Submission* Does not meet assignment guidelines (did not incorporate previous feedback, 5-7 pages, etc.) TOTAL * Papers are not considered on time or reviewed without a Turnitin.com electronic submission 40 Peer Review of First Draft Author of paper being reviewed: ______________________ Title: ____________________________ Indicate the points in the draft that you felt were the strongest along with an explanation of why: List the points you think should be expanded upon, and what you think is missing or underdeveloped: Were there any sections that were unclear or missing? Explain. Is correct APA formatting including in-text citations utilized? How can this draft be improved further (format, grammar, flow, concepts, etc.)? Be sure to discuss these points fully with the author. Give this form to the author (along with the hard copy you made comments on) to be turned in with the final revision of the paper. Reviewer: _____________________________ Date Reviewed: ___________________________
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