Characteristics to note in the rubric:

  • Language is descriptive, not evaluative.
  • Labels for degrees of success are descriptive (“Expert” “Proficient”, etc.); by avoiding the use of letters representing grades or numbers representing points, there is no implied contract that qualities of the paper will “add up” to a specified score or grade or that all dimensions are of equal grading value.
  • This rubric is developed for a specific writing assignment; it would need to be revised to describe the expectations for each specific assignment.

 

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EXPERT
PROFICIENT
APPRENTICE
NOVICE
INTEGRATION OF KNOWLEDGE

The paper demonstrates that the author fully understands and has applied concepts learned in the course. Concepts are integrated into the writer’s own insights. The writer provides concluding remarks that show analysis and synthesis of ideas.

The paper demonstrates that the author, for the most part, understands and has applied concepts learned in the course. Some of the conclusions, however, are not supported in the body of the paper.  

The paper demonstrates that the author, to a certain extent, understands and has applied concepts learned in the course.

The paper does not demonstrate that the author has fully understood and applied concepts learned in the course.

TOPIC
FOCUS

The topic is focused narrowly enough for the scope of this assignment. A thesis statement provides direction for the paper, either by statement of a position or hypothesis.

The topic is focused but lacks direction. The paper is about a specific topic but the writer has not established a position.

The topic is too broad for the scope of this assignment.

The topic is not clearly defined.

DEPTH OF DISCUSSION

In-depth discussion & elaboration in all sections of the paper.

In-depth discussion & elaboration in most sections of the paper.

The writer has omitted pertinent content or content runs-on excessively. Quotations from others outweigh the writer’s own ideas excessively.

Cursory discussion in all the sections of the paper or brief discussion in only a few sections.

COHESIVENESS

Ties together information from all sources. Paper flows from one issue to the next without the need for headings. Author's writing demonstrates an understanding of the relationship among material obtained from all sources.

For the most part, ties together information from all sources. Paper flows with only some disjointedness. Author's writing demonstrates an understanding of the relationship among material obtained from all sources.

Sometimes ties together information from all sources. Paper does not flow - disjointedness is apparent. Author's writing does not demonstrate an understanding of the relationship among material obtained from all sources.

Does not tie together information. Paper does not flow and appears to be created from disparate issues. Headings are necessary to link concepts. Writing does not demonstrate understanding any relationships

SPELLING & GRAMMAR

No spelling &/or grammar mistakes.

Minimal spelling &/or grammar mistakes.

Noticeable spelling & grammar mistakes.

Unacceptable number of spelling and/or grammar mistakes.

SOURCES

More than 5 current sources, of which at least 3 are peer-review journal articles or scholarly books. Sources include both general background sources and specialized sources. Special-interest sources and popular literature are acknowledged as such if they are cited. All web sites utilized are authoritative.

5 current sources, of which at least 2 are peer-review journal articles or scholarly books.  All web sites utilized are authoritative.

Fewer than 5 current sources,  or fewer than 2 of 5 are peer-reviewed journal articles or scholarly books. All web sites utilized are credible.

Fewer than 5 current sources, or fewer than 2 of 5 are peer-reviewed journal articles or scholarly books. Not all web sites utilized are credible, and/or sources are not current.

CITATIONS

Cites all data obtained from other sources. APA citation style is used in both text and bibliography.

Cites most data obtained from other sources. APA citation style is used in both text and bibliography.

Cites some data obtained from other sources. Citation style is either inconsistent or incorrect.

Does not cite sources.

Adapted from: Whalen, S. “Rubric from Contemporary Health Issues Research Paper” http://academics.adelphi.edu/edu/hpe/healthstudies/whalen/HED601_r2.shtml