FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION and PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
DEPARTMENT OF COUNSELING
RESEARCH PROPOSAL GRADING RUBRIC
CACREP Standards: ( 2.F.7.h) Reliability and validity in the use of assessments; (2.F.8.a) The importance of research in advancing the counseling profession, including how to critique research to inform counseling practice; (2.F.8.b-KPI) *Identification of evidence-based counseling practices; (2.F.8.c) Needs assessments; (2.F.8.d) Development of outcome measures for counseling programs; (2.F.8.e) Evaluation of counseling interventions and programs; (2.F.8.f) Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods; (2.F.9.h) Statistical methods used in conducting research and program evaluation
NOTE: Turn it in will be used and a score of 15% or less will only be accepted. Turn it in, is used to reduce plagiarism
|Does Not Meet Expectations
|ABSTRACT||An abstract is not present or it is unrelated to the topic of the proposal||An abstract is present, but it is missing key elements (e.g., an introductory statement, hypotheses/research question/s, a description of the methods, highlights of implications)||An abstract is present, and includes most of the key elements that are expected||An abstract is present, and includes most of the key elements that are expected|
|Research issue is identified, but statement is too broad or fails to establish the importance of the problem. The research purpose, questions, hypotheses, definitions or variables and controls are poorly formed, ambiguous, or not logically connected to the description of the problem. Unclear connections to the literature.||Research issue is identified, but statement is too broad or fails to establish the importance of the problem. The research purpose, questions, hypotheses, definitions or variables and controls are poorly formed, ambiguous, or not logically connected to the description of the problem. Unclear connections to the literature.
|The Introduction Identifies a relevant research issue. Research questions are succinctly stated, connected to the research issue, and supported by the literature. Variables and controls have been identified and described. Connections are established with the literature.||The Introduction presents a significant research problem related to the chemical sciences. Articulates clear, reasonable research questions given the purpose, design, and methods of the project. All variables and controls have been appropriately defined. Proposals are clearly supported from the research and theoretical literature. All elements are mutually supportive|
|LITERATURE REVIEW||The literature review lacks comprehensive coverage of relevant material
· The purpose of the study is not clearly described
· There is no connection between the material reviewed and the purpose of the study
|· The literature review is relatively comprehensive and describes some relevant material
· The purpose of the study is described, but not as clearly as it might be
· There is some attempt to connect the material reviewed with the purpose of the study
|· The literature review is relatively comprehensive and describes most relevant material, although significant gaps still exist
· The purpose of the study is adequately described
· There is a good attempt to connect the material reviewed with the purpose of the study
|· The literature review is very comprehensive and describes relevant material
· The purpose of the study is clearly described
· There is an excellent connection between the material reviewed and the purpose of the study
|GENERAL RESEARCH DESIGN/PLAN||The research design is confusing or incomplete given the research questions and strategy. Important limitations and assumptions have not been identified.||There is some attempt of research design given the research questions and strategy. Important limitations and assumptions are minimally||The research design has been identified and described in sufficiently detailed terms. Some limitations and assumptions have been identified.||The purpose, questions, and design are mutually supportive and coherent. Attention has been given to eliminating alternative explanations and controlling extraneous variables. Appropriate and important limitations and assumptions have been clearly stated.|
|RESEARCH METHODOLOGY||· No methods section is included in the proposal or many key elements of the methods are absent (e.g., participants/data described, conditions, comprehensive list of material provided, procedure clearly described, method(s) of analysis discussed, ethical issues considered)||· A methods section is present, but numerous elements of the methods are absent or described insufficiently||· A methods section is present, and only a few elements of the methods are absent or described insufficiently||· A methods section is present, it is written clearly, and the section is missing none of the key elements of the methods|
|DATA COLLECTION PROCEDURE/SAMPLE POPULATION||Description of the instruments and techniques were confusing, incomplete, or lacked relevance to the research questions and variables. No sample or Population identified||Description of the instruments and techniques were confusing, incomplete, or lacked relevance to the research questions and variables. Minimal identification of sample/Population||Instruments and observation protocols were identified by name and described. Sample or Population identified with Moderate Justification||Descriptions of instruments and techniques included protocols and replications. Evidence of the validity and reliability was presented. Sample/ Population Clearly Identified|
|PLANNED DATA ANALYSIS||Descriptive or statistical methods were confusing, incomplete or lacked relevance to the research questions, data, or research design.||Descriptive or statistical methods were confusing, incomplete or lacked relevance to the research questions, data, or research design.||Both descriptive and statistical methods were identified. Level of significance was stated.||Analytical methods were sufficiently specific, clear, and appropriate for the research questions.|
|· No potential ethical considerations/concerns of the proposed study are discussed||· Some potential ethical considerations/concerns are discussed, but they are not strongly connected to the proposed study
|· Some important ethical considerations/concerns are discussed, which are connected to the proposed study
|· Ethical considerations/concerns are discussed that connect directly to the proposed study
|IMPLICATIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY||· No potential implications of the proposed study are discussed||· Some implications are discussed, but they are not strongly connected to the proposed study
· Important implications, either theoretical or practical, aren’t mentioned
|· Some important implications are discussed, which are connected to the proposed study
· A good attempt is made to discuss both theoretical and practical implications
|· A broad range of implications are discussed that connect directly to the proposed study
· Both theoretical and practical implications are described
|REFERENCES||· Major problems exist with references
· Many citations in the body of the proposal are missing
· Reference list is either absent or seriously problematic
|· An attempt has been made to deal with references in the proposal
· Some citations are missing in the body of the proposal
· Some references are missing in the reference list or the reference list is slightly problematic
|· A good attempt has been made to deal with references in the proposal
· There are very few problems with the citations in the body of the proposal
· There are very few problems with the reference list
|· Referencing is excellent
· There are no issues with citations in the body of the proposal
· There are no issues with the reference list
(Sample Budget/Data Collection Instrument/s)
|No evidence of Appendix/Appendices||Minimal evidence of Appendix/
Appendices, At least one Appendix presented related to the research
|Moderate evidence of Appendix/
(Proof of Budget/ and Data Collection Instrument/s) without feasibility
|Clear evidence of Appendix/
(Proof of Feasible Budget/ and Data Collection Instrument/s)
|· Little or no attempt was made to format the proposal according to APA formatting guidelines
●Did Not Meet Page Requirement
|· Some effort was put into formatting the proposal according to APA formatting guidelines
· Some of the formatting elements are present, although a number of elements are missing or problematic
●Minimally met Page Requirement (Less than 4 pages)
|· The proposal is formatted reasonably well according to APA formatting guidelines
· The proposal contains very few formatting errors
●Moderately met Page Requirement
(Less than 6 pages)
|· The proposal is perfectly formatted according to APA formatting guidelines
● Met Page Requirement
(8 pages of content excluding Title, Reference Pages and Appendix/Appendices)
|ORGANIZATION||· The proposal is very disorganized
· Certain sections of the proposal are missing or in the wrong order (e.g., abstract, introduction, hypotheses, methods, implications, references)
· The writing does not flow logically either across sections or within sections
|· The proposal is somewhat disorganized
· All sections of the proposal are present, although there are small problems with organization of the sections
· The writing does not flow logically either across sections or within sections
|· The proposal is relatively organized
· All sections of the proposal are present and they are presented in the right order
· The writing flows relatively well across sections and within sections
|· The organization of the proposal is excellent
· All sections of the proposal are present (see list in previous column)
· The flow of the writing is excellent across sections and within sections
|GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION, SPELLING
|· There are a lot of grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors
· The errors seriously interfere with the readability of the proposal
|· There are some grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors
· Proposal appears not to have been proofread
|· Grammar, punctuation, and spelling is mostly correct
· Evidence of proofreading present
|· No grammar, punctuation, or spelling errors
· Proposal was clearly proofread
|ACCURACY, CLARITY, CONCISENESS OF WRITING||· Many factual errors exist within the proposal and/or research related to citations is discussed in an inaccurate fashion · The proposal is not clearly written in that it is difficult to understand much of it
· The writing is not concise (overly convoluted and wordy) and much of the proposal is irrelevant (to the topic being covered)
|· Most facts presented in the proposal are accurate and research related to citations is discussed in a reasonably accurate fashion, but some issues remain
· The proposal has problems with clarity in that there are portions of the proposal that are difficult to understand
· The writing is reasonably concise and relevant (to the topic being covered), although information could sometimes have been presented in a less convoluted way
|· Almost all facts presented in the proposal are accurate and research related to citations is generally discussed in an accurate fashion
· The proposal is written with reasonable clarity although there are still small portions of the proposal that are difficult to understand
· The writing is generally concise and relevant (to the topic being covered)
|· All facts presented in the proposal are accurate and research related to citations is also discussed in an accurate fashion
· The proposal is clearly written and very easy to understand
· The proposal is appropriately concise and always relevant (to the topic being covered)
|TURN IT IN%-||TOTAL POINTS||/150 POINTS|
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