Week 3 – Assignment
Article Review: Policy and National and Local Laws
[WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3]
For this assignment, you will continue constructing the series of article reviews that will help you complete your final assignment, the Analysis Review. Once again, it is recommended that you review the weekly Article Review assignments and the Week 6 Analysis Review assignment to help you refine the focus of the work you want to do with your selected topic.
To begin this assignment, conduct a library search using key words that relate to your topic and to higher education policy and law, the topic focus of this week’s materials. To get started, review the Ashford University Library video Keywords Are Critical (Links to an external site.). Focus your search to find peer-reviewed scholarly articles that address the types of questions and issues you find most interesting and important. Then read several abstracts and choose one peer reviewed article that is best aligned with your topic, the week’s focus, and your interests.
In your paper, address the following items:
- Provide a full APA citation for the article you are reviewing.
- Provide a brief introduction in which you discuss the background of the study and state the author’s purpose.
- Briefly summarize the author’s major ideas, concepts, and key points.
- Explain how the article informs and contributes to the analysis of your chosen topic. Were any previous ideas you had on the subject changed, abandoned, or reinforced due to this article?
- Must be three to four double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages and appendices) and formatted according to APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.)
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Title of paper
- Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper. For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Ashford Writing Center sources.
- Must use at least one scholarly source in addition to the course text.
- The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. See as well the Evaluating Sources (Links to an external site.) tutorial from the Ashford University Library. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for an assignment. The Integrating Research (Links to an external site.)tutorial will offer further assistance with including supporting information and reasoning.
- Must apply APA style to document within your writing where you found information, quotes, and research as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s resource on Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.).
- Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style. See the Formatting Your Reference List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for specifications.
Optional: Review and Submit the Assignment to the Ashford Writing Center
By Day 5, review your assignment with the Grading Rubric to be sure you have achieved the distinguished levels of performance for each criterion. Once you have finished, submit your assignment to the Ashford Writing Center. To learn how to submit (and retrieve) your paper, see the Ashford Writing Center’s Paper Review (Links to an external site.) guide.
Review and Submit the Assignment to Waypoint. Next, revise your paper based on the feedback received from the Ashford Writing Center, then submit the final draft to Waypoint for evaluation no later than Day 7 of the week.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.