Assignment #1: Topic Description (10 points) (Due Weeks 1 & 2)
Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is for you to apply what you have learned about selecting a critical need/problem to be your “topic,” explaining the context for the topic, identifying a rationale for your topic selection, and showing how you will use research ethics for investigating the topic.
Part A Proposed Topic (2 points; Due Week 1)
Submit your proposed topic and briefly explain why you selected this topic.
The topic must be related to improving student outcomes. Use data to support your rationale. .
Grading Rubric for Assignment #1 Part A Topic Description (2 points) Elements Gradations of Quality
Excellent Met Expectations Expectations Not Met
1. Identifies the proposed topic (1 point)
Presents an appropriate topic concisely. The topic is clearly related to improving student outcomes. (1point)
Presents an appropriate topic related to improving student outcomes. (0.75 point)
Proposed topic not submitted, not appropriate, or vague/incomplete. (0-0.5 point)
2. Expresses the rationale for selecting the topic (1 point)
States logical rationale concisely and completely, with supporting data (1 point)
States a logical rationale
Missing, vague, incomplete, or inappropriate rationale (0-0.5 point)
Page 6 of 23
Part B Context for Proposed Topic (8 points, Due Week 2)
Directions: Submit a description of your topic by addressing the specific criteria liste