Written Assignment Instructions:
In an essay of at least 2,000 words (not including title, abstract, and reference pages), persuasively argue that your topic of interest and the specific research question you have identified are pertinent to your field of study and of interest to the broader academic community. Build on your weekly Discussion Forum assignments and the feedback from your classmates and your instructor to address the following:
- Based on your research, what is the essence of the topic and what justifies your research question? Cite literature you have found that explores, studies, or debates critical aspects of the topic or question.
- How is the topic relevant to your field of study, and why is your research question important to answer?
- How would practitioners use the answer to your research question to improve client service or to advance understanding in your field of study?
- Who is the audience for a research study on your topic of interest? Who would be interested in the answer to your research question? How would the results of your study be used?
- Why are you as a scholar and practitioner interested in the answer to your research question?
Your paper should incorporate the following persuasive-writing elements:
- A strong opening that engages and draws in your reader to the arguments you will make in your paper;
- Powerful descriptors and arguments that identify and support your positions with respect to the topic and question you have identified;
- Responses to anticipated questions or potential disagreement about the importance of your choice of topic or research question; and
- Summary points that tie up loose ends and leave your reader with a clear picture of your position with respect to the topic of interest and research question you have selected.
Support your arguments with references to at least five different scholarly sources (academic journal articles) in addition to any required course readings. If needed, use the APA Formatting Templates (Links to an external site.)
to ensure the most common reference types are formatted correctly, and
use your APA manual for less common reference types. Include title,
abstract, and reference pages in your paper. For a tutorial, see the