Research Proposal Evaluation Rubric

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ISTC 685, Research in Instructional Technology
Research Proposal Evaluation Rubric—30 % of the course grade

1. Major Theses of the Research               Current State of the Proposal Development
Proposal

1.1 Problem Statement / Introduction           Clear and well developed                  Needs clarification /                  Needs substantial clarification or
- The problem that motivates your study                                                  or some development                    substantial development
- Background of the problem                                       4-5                                      2-3                                     0-1
- Purpose and focus of your study              The problem statement clearly             The problem statement                  Problem statement is incomplete and
- Variables / major assumptions and            identifies the problem relevant to the    incompletely identifies the            fails to identify (1) a relevant
    terms                                      field of educational technology,          purpose of the proposal; the           educational issue that is being
- Relevance to the field of educational        instructional design, or school library   proposal’s topic is not clearly        addressed, (2) relevance to the field
    technology, instructional design, or       media, as well as and the purpose of      related to the issue in the field of   of educational technology,
    school library media                       the proposed study. Major terms are       educational technology,                instructional design, or school library
                                               clearly defined.                          instructional design, or school        media, (3) the purpose of the study
                                                                                         library media. Major terms and/or      and/or (4) define the major terms and
                                                                                         assumptions need clarification.        assumptions.
1.2 Review of Research Literature
- Individual themes/categories of your         Clear and well developed                  Needs clarification /                  Needs substantial clarification or
    analysis defined.                                                                    or some development                    substantial development
- The review provides a good cross                                 5                                       3-4                                    0-1
    section of studies that are relevant to    Research literature review provides       Research literature review             Research literature review
    the area of your investigation.            excellent overview of the educational     provides partial or incomplete         inadequately identifies the
- A thematic review narrows to the             issue that is being addressed and         overview of the educational issue      educational issue that is being
    focus on the proposed research topic       provides a convincing support for the     that is being addressed. The           addressed and does not provide
    and method and establishes the place       purpose of the proposed study.            relevance of the reviewed              support for the purpose of the study.
    for the proposed research project.                                                   literature to the proposed study is
- Literature review summary includes                                                     not clear.
    the statements that reiterate the major
    findings from the review of literature

1.3 Research Methods and Procedures
- Type of research design                      Clear and well developed                  Needs clarification /                  Needs substantial clarification or
- Rationale for method/design selection                                                  or some development                    substantial development
- Participants’ characteristics                                 11-15                                   6-10                                     0-5
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-   Sampling                                 Research design is well developed,        Research design is incompletely         Research design and its rationale are
-   Instrumentation                          and the rationale for the chosen          developed, and/or the rationale for     poorly (or not at all) developed.
-   Context for study / Setting              method is clearly identified.             the chosen method is not clear.         Participant selection methods,
    characteristics                          Participant selection methods,            Participant selection methods,          research design and procedures are
-   Type(s) of data to be collected          research design and procedures are all    research design and procedures are      incompletely (or not at all) supported
-   Procedures by which data will be         fully supported by textbook examples      inadequately supported by               by textbook examples or literature
    collected                                or literature review.                     textbook examples or literature         review.
-   Procedures by which data will be                                                   review.
    analyzed and interpreted
-   Time schedule and action plan for
    carrying out the research study

1.4 Anticipated implication(s) of your
research study                               Clear and well developed                  Needs clarification /                   Needs substantial clarification or
                                                                                       or some development                     substantial development
-   for research in your area (educational                       2                                       1                                        0
    technology, instructional design, or     Implications for the proposed study       Implications for the proposed           Implications for the proposed study
    school library media)                    are clearly defined and are relevant to   study are not clear or are              are not defined or are irrelevant to the
-   for teaching practice                    the educational problem stated in 1.1.    insufficiently relevant to the          educational problem stated in 1.1 and
                                             as well as to the purpose of the          educational problem stated in 1.1       the purpose of the proposed study.
                                             proposed study. A contribution to the     and the purpose of the proposed         Relevance to the field of educational
                                             field of educational technology,          study. A contribution to the field of   technology, instructional design, or
                                             instructional design, or school library   educational technology,                 school library media is not
                                             media is clearly articulated.             instructional design, or school         articulated.
                                                                                       library media is not clearly
                                                                                       articulated.
2. Organization and Format                                  Acceptable                              Need editing                            Unacceptable
- Organization of your paper and quality                        3                                       1-2                                       0
    of writing                               Writing is appropriate for the graduate   Writing needs some editing to           Writing is unacceptable for the
- References to the ideas and                level research paper—clear, concise,      comply with the graduate level          graduate level research paper. The
    conclusions of other authors are         and focused, with the use of logical      research paper. The APA citations       citations and referencing are
    provided in accordance with the          transitions, conventional grammar and     and referencing are not always          inadequate to the APA Style Manual
    ethical norms of the academic writing    punctuation. Citations and referencing    adequate to the APA Style Manual        requirements.
    (appropriate use of APA citations and    comply with the APA Style Manual          requirements.
    reference page)                          requirements.

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