You are now an expert on the parenting topic you have been studying throughout the term. The Governor?s Office is examining how it allocates funds for initiatives that serve parents and families in your state. It is interested in your views on the topic you have studied as it prepares for the new legislative session.
Your task is to submit a position paper to the Governor?s Office that provides both a summary of what your research has uncovered as well as a recommendation for further action.
What is a position paper?
A position paper is a brief document that accurately and succinctly highlights key points surrounding an issue and makes a recommendation based upon this information. A good position paper contains a great deal of information in just one or two pages and is concisely and efficiently written so that the reader feels that he/she has a firm grasp of the key issues after having read the summary. The writer must also be convincing in making and supporting a recommendation. Note that position papers are by nature inherently biased.
Building on the work you have done for your annotated bibliography and in-class presentation, use the research evidence you have gathered throughout the term to make your case and support your position. Identify all sides of the issue, then include statistics that tell the reader about the scope and scale of the problem. Present the strengths and weaknesses of your position and then suggest some possible solutions. Use the rubric provided below to help structure your paper.
? Each student will submit a 1-2 page single-spaced position paper. Page length does not include the reference list.
? The document should have 1? margins on all sides.
? Use a standard font such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri.
? Include in-text citations and a reference list at the end of your report. In-text citations and references should follow APA format (for help with APA format, visit the APA tutorial available through the Course Content link).
? Writing should be clear, concise and professional. Avoid jargon. Proofread your work!
Here are some websites about position papers that may be useful:
? Pearson Higher Ed Position Papers: http://www.pearsonhighered.com/showcase/johnson-sheehan/assets/ch11.pdf
? Study Guides and Strategies: http://www.studygs.net/wrtstr9.htm
? Writing a position paper: http://www.sfu.ca/cmns/130d1/WritingaPositionPaper.htm
Grading rubric for the position paper
The position paper will be scored according to the following rubric:
Component Excellent Good Fair Poor
Statement of problem
What is the problem and why should we care?
What are the data and who is affected? How many are affected?
What is the opposing point of view in this argument? Clear and concise statement of the problem
(5 points) Statement of problem is understandable, but could be stated more clearly
(4 points) Problem is stated, but missing some details
(2 points) Problem is unclear and/or poorly stated
No statement of the problem
Clear statement about the scope and scale of the problem
(10 points) Scope and scale of the problem are identified, but some minor problems with clarity
(8 points) Scope and scale of the problem are evident, but not clearly stated
(6 points) Scope and scale of the problem are not identified
Clearly and concisely presents opposing position
Opposing position presented, but with minor problems in clarity
(8 points) Opposing position presented, but with major problems in clarity
(6 points) Opposing position not stated
What do the important parenting theorists have to say about this issue?
What do modern researchers have to say about this issue? Effective incorporation of parenting theory
(10 points) Good incorporation of parenting theory with some minor details missing
(8 points) Parenting theory mentioned, but major details missing
(6 points) Parenting theory not mentioned
Effective incorporation of research
(20 points) Good incorporation of research with some minor details missing
(16 points) Some incorporation of research with major details missing
(12 points) No incorporation of research
What should be done about the problem and why?
What are the weaknesses of this recommendation? Clearly stated recommendation
(10 points) Recommendation made, but some minor problems with clarity
(8 points) Recommendation made, but major problems with clarity
(6 points) No recommendation made
Clear and well-supported rationale for making the recommendation
(5 points) Rationale provided, but some minor problems with clarity
(3-4 points) Rationale provided, but major problems with clarity
(1-2 points) No rationale provided
Clearly identifies weaknesses of recommendation
(10 points) Identifies weaknesses of recommendation but with some problems in clarity
(8 points) Weaknesses identified but with major problems in clarity
(6 points) No weaknesses identified
Format Adheres to format guidelines
(3 points) Minor errors in formatting
(2 points) — Major errors in formatting
Tone Uses formal, professional tone for the correct audience
(2 points) — — Tone is informal and/or unprofessional
Composition and Mechanics Well-written with few or no grammatical or mechanical errors
(5 points) Mostly well-written with some minor errors that do not impact readability
(4 points) Major problems with grammar or mechanics that may or may not impact readability
(2-3 points) Writing is incomprehensible
Use of appropriate scholarly sources to support position
Did I use appropriate sources that are scholarly and free from bias? Use of at least 5 appropriate sources
(5 points) Use of 3-4 appropriate sources
(3-4 points) Use of 1-2 appropriate sources
(1-2 points) No appropriate sources used
Citations and References
Did I use in-text citations and a reference list to properly give attribution to the work of others? Correct use of APA style for in-text citations and references
(5 points) Mostly correct use of APA style for in-text citations and references; some minor errors
(4 points) Major errors in use of APA style for in-text citations and references
(1 point) Missing citations/references
Total Points /100
Academic Policies and Guidelines
As a member of the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) academic community that honors integrity and respect for others you are expected to maintain a high level of personal integrity in your academic work at all times. Your work should be original and must not be reused in other courses