Research Topic: Are educational leaders building a sufficient curriculum at the

Research Topic: Are educational leaders building a sufficient curriculum at
the high school level that translates over to college success? You will be
researching what our high school leaders are doing and whether the curriculum
and current leadership measures as it stands are enough to ensure these
students are transitioning over to the college level more seamlessly.
– Really focus on educational leadership for this research paper as this is for the capstone class for an MA in educational leadership
The Research Report must be at least 25 and not more than 30 pages in length, including the cover page, references, and any appendixes. It must be written in 12-point Times New Roman font and double spaced. APA format with proper citations, all of which must be found in the References at the end of your document must be followed. Page numbers are to be inserted in the top right-hand corner of your paper.
A writing rubric has been provided to you to support your success with this research report. The writing rubric will be used to assign points for the final research report. Be careful to use appropriate academic language and not casual language that is nonspecific and without literature-supported definitions.
Required Texts
Lunenburg, F. C. & Irby, B. J. (2008). Writing a successful thesis or dissertation: Tips and strategies for students in the social and behavioral science. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Research Report Requirements
Cover Page
Include your name, name of course, instructor, title of paper, and date submitted.
Headings
Use the headings that follow to identify major sections of your paper. You should also have subheadings to help the reader follow the various subsections within the paper. APA provides direction for subheadings and headings.
Table of Contents
Use your research report outline to develop a table of contents for your Research Report. The pagination for the TOC is roman numerals. See APA and Lunenburg and Irby (2008).
Introduction (Lunenburg & Irby, Chapter 6)
Identify the topic to be investigated and need for the study, supported
by citations from researchers in the field of education or educational leadership. Explain how this study may contribute to decision making, planning and policy development for your school, school district, or organization.
Literature Review: (Lunenburg and Irby, Chapter 7)
Clearly and concisely state how you conducted the literature review. Google is not an acceptable search source. However, scholar.google.com can be helpful in searching publications. What were the key search terms? (i.e. year-round, elementary organizational calendars)
Limit the search and report to literature published from 2006-2022. This is a contemporary literature review and not a historical perspective.
Provide a synthesis of the literature and published studies. The order should be chronological and from large perspective (i.e. international/national) to small perspective (i.e. state/local). See Lunenburg and Irby (2018). Another example of logical organization of going from large to small would be to share research on your topic for education overall, then high schools, then middle schools, then elementary schools. Use subheadings to help the reader follow your investigation of literature cited. For example, you may have a topic of extended school year or school day. Then, have subheadings of International, National, and State. You may also have subheadings of high school, middle school, and elementary school. Literature that aligns with the subheadings should appear within those sections. Using subheadings assists you in organizing your writing and helps your reader in comprehending your writing.
Conclusions
What are the trends that you identified in your literature search? What are the gaps that you identified in your literature search? What are the conflicting findings you found in your literature search? Clearly state your conclusions based on the evidence within the sections that precede this one. Do not insert opinion; hence, this is a Research Report.
Implications for Leadership Practice and Further Research
Based on your findings, what are the recommendations that you have for leadership practice?
Based on your conclusions, what recommendations do you have for further study?
References
All sources used to write this paper must be listed according to APA, 7th Edition in the last section of the paper: References.
Appendixes
Most of you will not have documents in your appendixes. If you do want to include such documents or support, then this is the logical place for evidence to which you refer, but which is too lengthy to go in the body of your paper. An example might be a table from a study or another visual.
Professional Writing: (refer to writing rubric)
No spelling, punctuation, or typing errors
APA style
Rubric
research report
research report
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroduction
See chapter 6 Lunenburg & Irby text
5 pts
A
Clearly conveyed issue & need in context of literature & field. Rationale & purpose, exceptionally stated.
4 pts
B
Clearly conveyed issue within context of literature, field & client. Purpose clearly communicated.
3 pts
C
Fair explanation of need &purpose. Statements not supported with evidence/cites.
2 pts
Unacceptable
Failed to identify topic and need in context of literature. Vaguely conveyed context and weak purpose.
5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLiterature Review
See chapter 7 Lunenburg & Irby text.
20 pts
A
Comprehensive review with compelling process, & clear organization. Studies in a table showing all sides, potential solutions.
17 pts
B
Clear explanation of search process & organization, includes empirical studies, shows both sides of issue, includes research on potential solutions.
15 pts
C
Thorough review, acceptable organization, lacks explanation of process, research basis, lacks empirical studies.
12 pts
Unacceptable
Failed to review substantial literature related to topic & context. Inadequate review related to topic, context & potential solutions.
20 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDiscussion, conclusions, potential solutions
See chapter 10 Lunenburg & Irby text.
10 pts
A
Shows analysis related to context, results. Conclusions logical, supported with data, literature. Potential solutions meaningful for context.
7.5 pts
B
Discussion is present. Conclusions reasonable and potential solutions appropriate.
5.5 pts
C
Discussion is present, but incomplete. Conclusions may be brief or not logical from results. Potential solutions inadequate.
3 pts
Unacceptable
Little or no discussion. Conclusions & potential solutions not appropriate or missing. Discussion may be missing, conclusions may not be logical from results. Potential solutions may be missing or unreasonable.
10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting quality
Grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, scholarly voice, etc.
5 pts
A
Excellent clarity, use of conventions of grammar, language, etc. Correct use of APA 6th
4 pts
B
Clear, precise, & understandable. Few errors in wording, grammar, spelling, APA 6th
3 pts
C
Moderately clear, some errors in grammar, wording, syntax, spelling, etc. Incorrect APA 6th
2 pts
Unacceptable
Lacks clarity, precision, & sentences poorly constructed. Incorrect use of APA 6th. Unclear throughout. Errors in grammar, wording, syntax, spelling, etc.
5 pts
Total Points: 40

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