Course Project: Paper Instructions
Topic: The effect of positive school climate on discipline
The body of your Research Paper must be 2,000 words; not including title and reference pages; use current APA format; and include a minimum of 6 scholarly references, 3 of the 6 articles must be current (within the past 5 years), empirical, peer-reviewed journal articles. Your format will include the following
· Title Page
a. This section will introduce your problem and provide your specific research question that will be developed throughout the paper.
b. Defend the importance of the topic. Give a broad overview of the scope of the work you are reviewing. Clarify what learning theory you are looking at and the importance it has in your educational field.
c. It is always best to place the research question at the end of the introduction. This serves as a transition into the rest of the paper, which supports the research question.
2. Main Headings
To ensure that your paper meets the requirements of the rubric, the following elements must be clearly identified with headings.
a. Learning Theory Association
· When reading through your sources, you want to remember that you are looking for the “big picture,” not a collection of random, separate articles. You are looking for common themes and patterns in the research as a whole.
· Spend more time on the people and works that are considered most important in the field and/or that are most relevant.
· Identify theoretical frameworks of researchers for your learning theory or theories by discussing foundational principles.
b. Define Key Terms
· Define terms that will be important for your study
c. Biblical Worldview
· From a biblical worldview perspective, what are the issues with the learning theory or theories you have discussed?
· Identify from the Sire text the worldview most appropriate to the influential founders(s) of the learning theory.
· Offer alternative ideas which incorporate a solid biblical worldview perspective. The use of Scripture is appropriate in this section.
· Your conclusion must relate to the introduction in some way so that your paper displays coherence.
· If your introduction included a metaphor, quote, theme, etc., it is appropriate to integrate that again.
a. Use a variety of sources, include at least 6 scholarly references, and makes sure at least 6 of the references are scholarly journal articles. Variation of references is important; use books, academic journals, and online sources.
b. Do not use Wikipedia or other wiki-type pages as sources in an academic paper.
Academic Integrity: Plagiarized papers will be rejected. Direct Quotations: No more than 10 percent of your paper may be made up of direct quotations. Short quotations must be in quotation marks, and longer quotations must be indented.
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