CARIBBEAN STUDIES INTERNAL ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES Ensure the sections of the I.A. are presented in the same order (as the bold-print words) below. USE THE SYLLABUS TO GUIDE YOU AS WELL. 1. Theme is clearly typed on the first page (top). 2. Topic is clearly typed on the first page (after the Theme). 3. Research Question / Statement is clearly typed on the first page (after the Topic) 4. Introduction (5 marks) Introductory paragraph – Theme and topic are introduced and the relationship between them is clearly written. Purpose of research – Why you chose to research this topic. This should be the last sentence in the introductory paragraph. Therefore, the sentences MUST be coherent in order to arrive at the purpose. DO NOT put in a sub-section. Statement of problem – This must be in a new paragraph (or sub-section). The problem of the study MUST be clearly stated. Note the problem of the research is not one sentence or a hypothesis. This must take into consideration your objective of the research and the value of the research. Identify the issues surrounding the problem & a general idea of the people and community the problem affect, how it affects them and for how long it has. Do not confuse the problem of statement with the introductory paragraph. Educational value of the research –Place in a new paragraph or sub-section. Nonetheless, you MUST ensure that the paragraphs are coherent. How you feel that your research can contribute to the academic community, further study, its potential for better understanding the Caribbean and people’s understanding / any other person who would come in contact with the research. Research questions – Ensure that the research question & objectives are clearly written. Definition of technical terms used in the study – all term technical terms that will be used in the study must be clearly defined. Place in alphabetical order. Note if you already defined some of the terms in previous paragraphs there is no need to be repetitive.
5. Literature Review (8 marks) See page 427 of the Jennifer Mohammed. Literature must relate to the area (theme, topic, problem) being researched. Four (4) to six (6) different sources – Example: newspaper (1), textbook (1), journal (1), professional paper (1), oral history (1), etc. Ensure the sources used are relevant / related to the topic being researched. Do not solely depend on foreign literature; incorporate local literature (contemporary and old) from authentic persons. Paragraph structure; no sub-section(s). A literature review is a critical summary and assessment of the range of existing materials dealing with knowledge and understanding in a given field and indicates your response to the work and conclusions of what others have written. The literature review provides the context for your study while at the same time demonstrating your awareness and understanding of the current state of knowledge on the subject. This is to be an analytical discourse of various author’s views, theories and perspectives on the issue(s) rather than a narrative of details. Use the research questions/ objectives to aid with this section, they should be able to aid in source selection and what should be included in your review. Ensure you use appropriate in text citation (APA Style) to give your sources credit and avoid the chance of being guilty of plagiarism. Ensure you write in your own words.
6. Data Collection Sources (4 marks) Paragraph structure; no sub-section(s) Where was data/information collected from – Study area. How was data collected – Quantitative & qualitative method; primary and secondary sources. Explain how you utilized both primary and secondary sources to collect information. Describe how you collected data using primary sources - In a new paragraph. o You MUST state that primary data was collected from ‘X’ number of persons. Note: If the population is small use the entire population; if the population is large use a sample....
Bibliography: For in-text citations: it is the author-date style cited parenthetically at the end of the sentence referenced by the author’s last name and the publication date of the work with the page # e.g. (Brown, 1999 p. 13). The sources in the bibliography should be organized in alphabetical order to the author’s last name. Do not: categorize or bullet or number the sources. The majority of the sources should be books and scholarly articles. The internet sources acceptable are scholarly databases (eg. JSTOR & EBSCO), Web of Knowledge & Google Scholar or .org , .edu.
12. Appendices Present the research instrument – Questionnaire and Interview questions. Write a short paragraph explain the purpose of the Questionnaire and the ethical considerations that will be put in place. Ensure the instructions are clearly written and the top of the Questionnaire. Clearly state that the name of the participant SHOULD NOT be written anywhere on the paper. If you used Interview as the only research instrument ensure that you have a paragraph which explains the purpose of the interview and the ethical considerations before the questions are presented. Approximately fourteen (15) questions. This is inclusive of open and close-ended questions. 3-4 must be recommendation based and no more than 3-4 must be yes or no questions.
13. Overall Presentation and Writing Skills (5 marks) You will be graded based on the use of grammar and writing skill (UK English), the report must demonstrate acceptable level of academic writing paying careful attention to spelling and punctuation, paragraphing etc. It must NOT be conversational. The structure and organisation of the report is presented is graded; in terms of the sections and the order in which they are presented. AVOID: repetition, abbreviations, personal pronouns, bulleting / numbering lists.
o DO NOT PLAGIARIZE! o The IA is marked out of 60. This contributes to 40 % of your CAPE grade. o Font: Times New Roman; size 12. You may bold or underline heading (not both); but do not increase the font size or style for headings. o Double line spacing. o Number all pages except the cover page. o Each section is to be presented on a new page. o Length: 2000 – 2500 words. Do not exceed the word limit. Marks will be deducted if the word limit is exceeded. o The Table of Contents and the Acknowledgements are necessary for your paper. Suggested number of page(s) per section: Introduction – 1 ½ to 2 Literature Review – 2 ½ to 3 Data Collection Sources –1 ½ Presentation of Data – this may vary. Remember to present two (2) diagrams on one page. Analysis of Data – 1 ½ to 2 Discussion of Findings – 2 to 2 ½ Conclusions, Limitations and Recommendations – 1 to 1 ½
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