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					                                         HSB 4M0
                             (Challenge and Change in Society)
                          Summative Assessment – Research Study

    Your 10% Summative Assessment in this course is an in-depth research study on a topic
of interest to Canadian society. While the general topic you select will reflect only one area of
the course, the skills and knowledge base from the entire course will be useful in the
completion of your project.

   In this assessment, you will need to research a general topic / issue of concern to
Canadians. You will then use this information to design and conduct a qualitative or
quantitative research study to further investigate the topic / issue. Finally, you will write a
report on your findings and suggest further areas of study.

    You will be working on this assessment throughout the course, so there will be several
opportunities for you to conference with your teacher and refine your study. In addition, there
will be numerous "check points" throughout the semester to help keep you on track, and to
divide the study into more manageable phases of work.

   The following represent the major phases of this study:

Phase 1 – Identification of Topic / Issue
      - Select (or create) a topic / issue to study
      - Research the literature on the topic / issue

Phase 2 – Definition of Research Problem
      - Determine what specific question or problem you will investigate
      - Determine what data collection method would best address your problem

Phase 3 – Design and Implementation of Study
      - Gain approval for study and conduct primary research

Phase 4 – Analysis of results
      - Use information to assess your research problem

Phase 5 – Reporting of result
      - Write formal report of study
      - Present findings
    The following represents a partial list of topics for you to investigate. You are encouraged
to create your own topic / issue of concern, but please clear it with me first.

       Women in Canadian Society                Euthanasia
       Adoption                                 Abortion
       Same Sex Marriage                        Surrogacy
       Discrimination                           Aging Population
       Family Roles                             Employment Equity
       Schizophrenia                            Teenage Marriage
       Hate Crimes                              Health Care
       Technology in Society                    Education
       Poverty                                  Violence
       Prison and Punishment                    Body Image
       Abstinence / Promiscuity                 Globalization
       Multiculturalism                         Religion
       Youth Culture

Phase 1 – Identification of Topic / Issue

       - Choose a topic / issue to study
       -Draft 5 research questions (Due: _______________________________________)
       - Research your topic
       - Prepare an annotated bibliography of at least 5 sources
       (Due: _________________________)
       - Conference with teacher (Due: ______________________________)

Phase 2 – Definition of Research Problem
      - Generate a hypothesis to be assessed in your study
      (Due: ______________________)
      - Decide which study format (qualitative vs. quantitative) will best assess hypothesis
      - Conference with teacher (Due: ______________________________)

Phase 3 – Design and Implementation of Study
      - Design study to assess hypothesis
      - Conference with teacher to refine study and receive approval
      (Due: ____________________________)
      - Conduct study and collect data

Phase 4 – Analysis of results
      - Use statistical techniques or literature to evaluate the results of your study and
      assess hypothesis
      - Conference with teacher (Due: _________________________________)

Phase 5 – Reporting of results
      - Produce a 5 page formal report on your study (Literature Review, Research Problem,
      Methodology, Results, Analysis, Suggestions for Further Study)
      (Due: ______________________________)
      - Present your findings (Due:    ______________________________)
Evaluation

    Evaluation for this Summative Assessment is as follows. Since due dates will occur
throughout the semester, it is imperative that you use your time wisely, and record all
important dates in your student planner. If you are going to be unable to submit any of the
following items on time, it is your responsibility to make arrangements with your teacher
before the due date. This assignment is worth 10% of your overall mark in this course.

Research Questions:

      Level 4                   Level 3                   Level 2                   Level 1                       R
     5       4                4       3.5               3.5       3               3       2.5               2     1      0
 All questions provide
solid opportunities for    Almost all questions        Most questions         Some entries provide         Questions are
 study (concise, have         provide solid             provide solid         opportunities for study    missing, incomplete
  no simple answer,       opportunities for study   opportunities for study
address general topic)


Hypothesis:

      Level 4                     Level 3                 Level 2                     Level 1                     R
     5       4                4         3.5             3.5       3               3         2.5             2     1      0
Clear, measurable /
 testable statement.       Clear, measurable /      Measurable / testable      Unclear, difficult to     Unclear, difficult to
     Language is           testable statement.      statement. Somewhat          measure / test.           measure / test.
appropriate to Social       Connected to the        connected to problem      Limited connection to       Inappropriate for
Sciences. Logically          problem / topic.              / topic.              problem / topic           problem / topic.
  connected to the
   problem / topic.


Conferences:

      Level 4                     Level 3                 Level 2                     Level 1                     R
     5       4                4         3.5             3.5       3               3         2.5             2     1      0
                           Prepared, able to         Somewhat prepared,
Well prepared, able to      answer / discuss           able to answer /        Limited preparation.     Unprepared. Difficulty
 answer / discuss         questions with some       discuss questions with    Difficulty answering /    answering / discussing
      questions                prompting                 considerable         discussing questions.          questions.
                                                          prompting
Final Paper:
                                     Literature Review
   1 to 1 ½ pages in length and provides the general framework for the study. Important or
useful resources are analysed. Major themes / ideas / concepts of topic or issue explained.

     Level 4                    Level 3                Level 2                  Level 1                 R
   10 9 8                      8       7              7       6                6       5           5 4 3 2 1 0
Resources reviewed in     Resources reviewed in   Resources reviewed      Resources reviewed       Incomplete review and
  a chronological or        a well-organized       and provide some        provide a minimal          / or overview of
  thematic manner.          manner. Strong        overview of subject     overview of subject          subject matter.
  Solid overview of        overview of subject          matter.                 matter.
    subject matter.              matter.


                                     Research Problem
    ½ page in length and provides a description of (and reason for) study.

      Level 4                  Level 3                 Level 2                  Level 1                     R
     5       4               4       3.5             3.5       3              3       2.5              2    1     0
 Problem identified,       Problem identified,     Problem identified,    Minimal description of        Incomplete
 explained, strong         explained, rationale      explanation or       problem, explanation,
 rationale given for       provided for study.     rationale lacking in        or rationale
       study.                                             depth


                                         Methodology
   ½ page in length and provides a description of how the study was conducted. Includes
evidence for how bias and testing errors were minimized.

      Level 4                  Level 3                 Level 2                  Level 1                     R
     5       4               4       3.5             3.5       3              3       2.5              2    1     0
Study accurately and        Study accurately        Study generally         Study description           Incomplete
  clearly described            described               described          lacking detail / depth


                                            Results
  1 to 1 ½ pages in length and presents what your study has discovered. Qualitative or
Quantitative analysis of study data. Finishes with an evaluation of hypothesis.
    Level 4              Level 3            Level 2             Level 1            R
  10 9 8                8       7          7       6           6       5      5 4 3 2 1 0
Resources reviewed in     Resources reviewed in   Resources reviewed      Resources reviewed       Incomplete review and
  a chronological or        a well-organized       and provide some        provide a minimal          / or overview of
  thematic manner.          manner. Strong        overview of subject     overview of subject          subject matter.
  Solid overview of        overview of subject          matter.                 matter.
    subject matter.              matter.


                                Suggestions for Further Study
   ½ page in length. Uses results of study to suggest other areas to focus on. Further study
could also be repeating study longitudinally (over time) or with a different perspective / group.

      Level 4                  Level 3                 Level 2                  Level 1                     R
     5       4               4       3.5             3.5       3              3       2.5              2    1     0
Logical or reasonable         Well-planned          Suggestions have      Suggestions illogical         Incomplete
    suggestions               suggestions         some linkage to study    or unreasonable


                                       Referencing
  Author / date citations used consistently to identify information from resources. Page
numbers included when specific quotations are used.

      Level 4                    Level 3               Level 2                    Level 1                   R
     5       4               4         3.5           3.5       3              3         2.5            2    1     0
 Embedded citations        Embedded citations     Embedded citations       Embedded citations           Incomplete
 used without major         used with minimal      used with some         used with major errors
       error                     errors            significant errors      / missing references


                                         Bibliography
APA bibliography format used to identify sources used.

      Level 4                    Level 3               Level 2                    Level 1                   R
     5       4               4         3.5           3.5       3              3         2.5            2    1     0
Entries written without    Entries written with    Entries have some       Entries have major           Incomplete
     major errors            minimal errors         significant errors      errors / missing
  *THIS FORM MUST BE COMPLETED AND SIGNED
   BY YOU AND YOUR TEACHER, AND DISCUSSED
    WITH EACH POTENTIAL PARTICIPANT IN THE
                   STUDY*
                            Fletcher's Meadow S.S.
                           Social Science Department
Dear prospective participant,

   Students in the HSB 4M0 course (Challenge and Change in Society) are required to
conduct a research study as part of their final assessment. In order to generate primary data
to analyse, students are required to interview people in the Fletcher's Meadow community.
Read this form carefully and ask as many questions as you like before you decide whether or
not to participate in this research study. You are free to ask questions at any time before,
during, or after your participation in this study.

   Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary and greatly appreciated. Should you
wish to discontinue your involvement in this study, you may do so at any time. All information
obtained will be treated as confidential.

Title of Research Study: GIVE YOUR STUDY A SIMPLE, CLEAR TITLE
Researcher:              INSERT YOUR NAME HERE
Teacher Sponsor:         Ms. K. Delorey (905 495 2675 ext. 436)

Purpose of Research Study:
  WRITE A SIMPLE, CLEAR, 2 OR 3 SENTENCE DESCRIPTION OF YOUR RESEARCH
STUDY HERE. FOCUS ON EXPLAINING WHY YOU ARE CONDUCTING THE STUDY,
AND WHAT YOU HOPE TO DISCOVER THROUGH ITS COMPLETION.

Task Requirements:
  WRITE A SIMPLE, CLEAR DESCRIPTION OF WHAT THE STUDY WILL ENTAIL (i.e.
WHAT THE PARTICIPANT WILL HAVE TO DO).

Risks and Benefits Associated with Participation:
      There are no risks associated with participating in this study. You will benefit through
the opportunity to learn how a research study is conducted. Questions or comments are
welcome at the end of the session.

      ____________________________                    ___________________________
           YOUR SIGNATURE                                  Ms. K. Delorey
                                Writing an Annotated Bibliography
   An annotated bibliography provides not only a detailed description of information that you
have found, but also an evaluation of the usefulness of the resource for your project. Each
entry consists of:
       - Author, date, publisher, and other bibliographic information (in proper format)
       - A 2 to 3 sentence evaluation of the resource (main idea, brief summary of contents of
       resource)
       - A 2 to 3 sentence analysis of the resource (author's credentials, bias, resource's
       usefulness to your study)

    Here are two examples of how to write an annotated bibliography:

Warren, Catherine E. Vignettes of life: Experiences and self-perceptions of new Canadian
     women. Calgary, Alberta: Detselig Enterprises Ltd., 1996.

    Catherine Warren has collected life stories of immigrant women who have been in Canada
two or more years. The Calgary Immigrant Women's Centre solicited volunteers through
letters and then Warren interviewed 24 women in English. The book proposes that these
women's perceptions and experiences are typical of all immigrant women. Warren is an
associate professor at the University of Calgary. While the book provides understanding of
new Canadians, it does not give any statistical data to justify its conclusions. As a result, this
book provides a good general overview of the topic, but is of limited use for this study.


Burke, Mary Anne. "Canada's immigrant children" Canadian Social Trends. Spring 2002,
      15-20.

    This article is a statistical analysis of how immigrants are changing Canada's demographic
profile. Burke provides an assessment of potential problems with the plan to increase
immigration to Canada each year for five years. Burke is a researcher with Statistics Canada.
In the article, she uses statistics to support her examination of each potential problem. This
article will be useful for this study because it explains in detail the problems with increased
immigration.

    By using our library, the public library, online databases, and the internet, you need to:
       - Gather and evaluate at least 5 resources for your topic
       - Write an annotated bibliography entry for each resource

    Evaluation for this component of the Summative Assessment is as follows:

     Level 4                    Level 3                   Level 2                 Level 1                   R
   10 9 8                      8       7                 7       6               6       5          5 4 3 2 1 0
    All 5 entries are
accurate and thorough      Almost all entries are      Most entries are       Some entries are      Entries are missing,
 (provide bibliographic   accurate and thorough     accurate and thorough   accurate and thorough        incomplete
information, summary,
    and evaluation)

				
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