Can You Fix Canadas Social Institutions 012 by 344627J4


									       Can You Fix Canada’s Social Institutions?
This is a research assignment to be done in pairs.
You will present on Thursday, May 31st, 2012.

You will pick an issue or problem that is of concern to Canadians in the social institutions
of Work or Education (list follows)

You will be required to research your topic using at least three sources of information -
these may be articles or books. You must submit your research notes when you present.

You will present your topic in a class presentation using a visual aid such as a power-
point presentation.

ALL sources must be cited in the appropriate (APA) format including the list of works
cited in the presentation.

Your presentation must cover the following information:

Causes – What is this topic? How is it a problem or issue? What historical or
background elements have created this problem?

Effects – What is the extent of the problem? Who is affected? How does this affect
society as a whole? How does it affect other social institutions?

Solutions - What solutions are currently being attempted and what are the effects
(negative or positive) of those solutions? What solution(s) would you propose? Who
needs to act – government, individuals, or other social institutions?

Is this institution successful? Does your research lead you to believe this social
institution (work or education) is successful or not successful? Why?

   Primary Research
   As part of this assignment you will have to do a primary research component.

   This could take the form of interviews, observations, a survey etc.

   If you are going to do primary research, you MUST have your proposal and method
   approved by your teacher BEFORE beginning the research.
This list is not exhaustive. If there is another issue or problem you would like to
research, ask your teacher to approve it. You may wish to do a topic that was discussed
at the beginning of the year, or something else that we touched on in class.

Work                                       Education

1.  Job Satisfaction                    17. Cheating and plagiarism
2.  Minimum wage                        18. Assessment and evaluation policies in Ontario
3.  Cost of living and income levels    19. Homework – too much or too little?
4.  Workplace safety                    20. School violence and codes of conduct
5.  Workaholics (work-life balance)     21. Gender violence
6.  The glass ceiling                   22. Drop outs and high school achievement
7.  Job opportunities for Canadian      23. Drug abuse in schools
    immigrants                          24. Special education in schools
8. Job opportunities for visible        25. Literacy
    minorities                          26. Student engagement and motivation
9. Discrimination/harassment            27. School-work transition (apprenticeships, co-op)
    (bullying) in the workplace         28. Racism/ethnic diversity in Ontario high schools
    a) visible minorities               29. Bullying
    b) sexual orientation               30. Home schooling
    c) sexual harassment                31. Corporatization (taking sponsorship money
    d) or your choice…                      from private businesses) in schools
10. Labour rights and the role of       32. Under funding of schools
    Canadian unions                     33. The gender gap in student achievement
11. Globalization of the labour force   34. The role of extra curricular activities
12. The manufacturing sector in         35. The cost of post-secondary education and
    Canada                                  student debt
13. The primary (resource) sector in    36. Part time jobs in high school
    Canada                              37. Education and class structure – socioeconomics
14. The service industry                    and poverty
15. Child care                          38. Differentiated instruction
16. Old age security/pensions           39. Truancy and attendance
                                        40. Aboriginal education
                                        41. Standardized testing (eg. EQAO)
                                        42. High school dress codes
                                        43. Catholic schools
                                        44. Private schools
                                        45. Distance and online learning
                                        46. Unhealthy school buildings
                                        47. Comparison of Ontario schools on any topic
                                            with another province or country
Taking Effective Research Notes
Your notes MUST be submitted with your project and will be checked in class as we
go along.

Framing, Gathering and Organizing

Before you start researching, you may need to reframe your topic; do this by narrowing
down the topic. Then, develop a series of research questions based on the four main
headings (cause, effects, solutions, success). After that, begin answering your research
questions. All you answers combined, organised, and analysed will form the big picture.

Locate, gather, organize, and analyse information according to the four headings.

Sourcing Information
      In the presentation/text – cite the source using the standard APA (American
       Psychological Association) format; author, date, page number. This MUST be
       done EVERY TIME you are using someone else’s information!
       For example, (Bain, 2001, 204)
      Works Cited – a list of all sources cited in your presentation (include in your
       presentation and hand in a hard copy)

The Research Notes – 3 sources/pages minimum
Use the Sample Note-Taking format – see following page
Use ONE source per page.
When taking notes, you MUST re-phrase in your own words to avoid plagiarism.
Write only on ONE side of the page – for organizing later.

Electronic sources must be reputable and CANADIAN
         Wikipedia is a great place to start your research to give you an overview of the
topic, but it cannot be counted as one of your 3 sources. If you use any information from
Wikipedia, you must find it also somewhere else, preferably a peer-reviewed (juried)

You MUST search both and the Knowledge                      Ontario
database – access and use of these will be explained in class.

      If you are using Google, please use Google Scholar to access reputable articles.
      Any pictures or graphs or charts must have a caption indicating what it is and the
       original source
           o Google and Wikipedia are not sources!
Sample Note-Taking Page:
Bibliographic information:
Do not take notes from more than one source on one page.


Page #           Point Form Notes
Necessary        In your own words, detailed, related to your topic
for citing
within text


Analysis/Summary Statement:
How does this information answer your research question? Does it support or contradict your hypothesis?
                            The Presentation
Your presentation should ideally include but not be limited to a power point
slide show.

Your main points or facts should be on the slides, but you should be
speaking to them, giving more detail and explanation about each, not reading
from them.

You must CITE all information that is not your own research or conclusions.
     Social Institutions Presentation Rubric
Criteria                   Re-Do                  Level 1                    Level 2                  Level 3                  Level 4
Clear understanding of     No evidence of         Limited understanding      Some understanding       Clear understanding      Thorough and detailed
an issue in one of         understanding of an    of an issue in one of      of an issue in one of    of an issue in one of    understanding of an
Canada’s social            issue in one of        Canada’s social            Canada’s social          Canada’s social          issue in one of
institutions               Canada’s social        institutions. Few facts    institutions. May lack   institutions             Canada’s social
K                          institutions           presented                  detail or relevance                               institutions.
Locates and selects        No research evident    Little relevant            Locates and selects      Locates and selects      Locates and selects
relevant information                              information located        some relevant            relevant information     highly relevant
from at least 3 reliable                          from only 1 source         information from 2       from at least 3          information from 4 or
sources. T                                                                   sources. Primary         sources. May             more sources.
                                                                             research may be          include primary          Includes insightful
                                                                             attempted but flawed     research.                primary research
Able to organize and       No organization or     Limited organization       Some organization        Able to organize and     Highly organized and
analyse information        analysis of            and analysis of            and analysis of          analyze information      insightful analysis of
gathered. Clear            information            information gathered.      information gathered.    gathered. Clear          the problem. Clear
solution presented         gathered.              No solution presented      Solution may not be      solution presented       and creative solution
T                                                                            presented or                                      presented
Presentation is clear,     No presentation or     Presentation is unclear.   Presentation is          Presentation is clear, Presentation is
and visual aids used       use of visual aids.    Minimal use of visual      somewhat clear, visual   and visual aids used   engaging and effective.
effectively                                       aids.                      aids used but not        effectively            Visual aids integrated
C                                                                            effectively.                                    effectively.
All sources cited using    No citations or list   Few sources cited, not     Some sources cited       Most sources cited     All sources cited using
APA format. List of        of works cited.        in APA format. List of     List of works cited      using APA format.      APA format. List of
works cited included.                             works cited included       included. Citations      List of works cited in works cited in proper
A                                                 but not in proper          and/or list may not be   proper format          format included in the
                                                  format                     in proper format.        included.              presentation.

     TOTALS: K ______ T_______ C _______ A ________
     Learning Skills: Works Independently _____ Teamwork _____ Organization _____ Work Habits _____ Initiative _____

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