Research Investigation

Overview: Throughout the first three themes, you have been guided through your work on Project Two (a presentation), which you will continue to work on in Theme: Presenting Social Science Concepts and Research and will formally submit to your instructor at the end of Week 8. This assignment provides you with an important opportunity to get valuable instructor feedback on the progress you are making and to ensure you are on the right track for your later submission.

Prompt: Throughout the first three themes, you have explored why the social science issue selected in Project One (a research investigation) is of interest to you personally, and you have begun to reflect on how your research related to your issues has changed your perspective on the topic. Specifically, in this assignment, you will submit the Project Two elements listed below for review by your instructor.

In Theme: Performing the Research Investigation, learning block 4-2 (page 1); Theme: Performing the Research Investigation, learning block 4-3 (page 3); and Theme: Tailoring the Message to an Audience, learning block 5-3 (page 3), you completed the following work:

I. Provide a brief overview of the social scientific background of your issue and research question.

How is the issue situated within the social sciences?

In Theme: Tailoring the Message to an Audience, learning block 5-2 (page 3), you completed the following work:

II. Explain how the issue impacts the audience. In other words, how is the issue relevant to members of the audience? Why should the audience care about the response to your question or the outcome of your investigation? Support your response with specific examples from your research investigation.

In Theme: Tailoring the Message to an Audience, learning block 6-1 (page 4), you contributed to the following prompt:

III. Describe the evidence you have to support your conclusions about the impact of the issue on you

personally and on your audience. Support your response with specific examples from your research investigation.

In Theme: Exploring Social Science Issues, learning block 2-2 (page 4), you completed the following work:

IV. Explain why this issue is important to you personally. In other words, why did you select this issue to investigate?

In Theme: Performing the Research Investigation, learning block 3-4 (page 1), you contributed to the following prompt:

V. Illustrate how your investigation of the issue impacted the way you thought about the issue. In

other words, how did thinking like a scientist to research and develop a question affect what you thought about the issue you selected? How did social scientific thinking change the lens through which you viewed the issue? Support your response with specific examples from your research investigation.

In Theme: Tailoring the Message to an Audience, learning block 5-2 (page 3), learning block 3 (page 3), and learning block 6 (page 4), you began working on the following section of the prompt:

VII. Communicate your message in a way that is tailored to your specific audience. For instance, you

could consider your vocabulary, your audience’s potential current natural science knowledge or lack thereof, and what is specifically important to the audience.

In Theme: Tailoring the Message to an Audience, learning block 6-3 (page 4), you were prompted to create two visual slides using a presentation software of your choosing (PowerPoint, Prezi, or other) and accompanying notes. These slides can be used to address any of the sections detailed above and should include visuals with proper citations, where necessary.

Note that the numbering included above directly aligns with the numbering of these elements as they are presented in the Project Two Guidelines and Rubric document.

Rubric

Guidelines for Submission: Your presentation progress check submission will include two sections: a two-slide portion of your presentation, submitted using a presentation platform of your choosing (PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.), and a written document submitted in Microsoft Word. In your Word document, be sure to format with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. Citations should be formatted according to APA style.

Critical Elements Proficient (100%) Needs Improvement (75%) Not Evident (0%) Value

Social Scientific Background

Provides brief overview of social scientific background of issue and research question and explains how issue is situated within social sciences

Provides brief overview of social scientific background of issue and research question and explains how issue is situated within social sciences, but with gaps in detail or clarity

Does not provide brief overview of social scientific background of issue and research question and does not explain how issue is situated within social sciences

14

Audience Explains how issue impacts audience, supporting response with examples from research investigation

Explains how issue impacts audience, but with gaps in clarity, detail, or support

Does not explain how issue impacts audience

14

Evidence Describes evidence that supports conclusions about impact of issue on self and audience, supporting response with examples from research investigation

Describes evidence that supports conclusions about impact of issue on self and audience, but with gaps in clarity, detail, or support

Does not describe evidence that supports conclusions about impact of issue on self and audience

14

Personally Explains why issue is important personally

Explains why issue is important personally, but with gaps in clarity or detail

Does not explain why issue is important personally

14

Investigation Illustrates how investigation of issue impacted thinking on the issue, supporting response with examples from research investigation

Illustrates how investigation of issue impacted thinking on the issue, but with gaps in clarity, detail, or support

Does not illustrate how investigation of issue impacted thinking on the issue

14

Message Communicates message effectively in a way that is tailored to specific audience

Communicates message to audience, but communication is not effective or is not tailored to specific audience

Does not communicate message to audience

14

Two Visual Slides Slide visuals support key points of the presentation using properly cited graphics and charts as appropriate

Slide visuals include graphics and charts, but citations are incomplete or connections to presentation content are not clear

Slide visuals are not included in submission

10

Articulation of Response

Submission has no major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization

Submission has major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas

Submission has critical errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that prevent understanding of ideas

6

Total 100%

 
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