Learning Issue Paper Description and Rubric

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Learning Issue Paper Description and Rubric
The Learning Issue paper requires each student focus on one of the many learning issues discovered in their group’s Problem-Based Learning activity.
Student is given a unique Learning Issue, completes the necessary research (including utilization of three sources) to provide case-specific information in order to provide the group guidance in clarifying hypotheses (and in making related recommendations).   This case-specific Learning Issue information is to be presented in a 3 – 5 page paper, utilizing APA guidelines.
EXAMPLE:
A case involves a twelve year old Jewish boy who mentions bar-mitzvah considerations – i.e.  he is concerned that he hasn’t the time to contribute to an ongoing investigation/trial preps, etc. due to his pending Bar Mitzvah, scheduled for 10 months from today.  He therefore is begging the team to no longer pursue charges on his matter, even beginning to recant his disclosure. 
 
This case presents a few Learning Issues; one is that not everyone in the group (reflective of a Multi-Disciplinary Team of professionals) knows what a Bar Mitzvah is, what it entails, or how such may possibly impact a child abuse investigation. 
In this example, one of the students would conduct research into Bar Mitzvahs, to include the definition, related child and family expectations and other information or observations, in order to make a recommendation to the family in the best interests of the child.  This student would outline their findings in a 3 – 5 page paper, using the rubric below.
Known Facts of the Child (Michael) and his abuse:

  • Fetal Alcohol Effects
  • American Indian
  • 6-year old male
  • Reported to kindergarten teacher
  • Child disclosed that he was hit by his grandpa with a switch
  • Mother’s location is unknown
  • Child has marks and scratches on backs and arms
  • Mother is an alcoholic
  • Child talked back to grandma- why it was so bad this time
  • This is not the first abuse he has experienced from his grandpa
  • Child flinches to touch on back
  • Child continuously states getting hit by his grandpa is no big deal

 
Learning Issue Paper Expectations                                                                                                          Points Assigned              
Introductory paragraph(s) that clearly identifies the Learning Issue                                                                                     20
Content (evidence-based) that provides guidance/answers questions                                                                              20
 
Conclusory paragraph(s) that includes suggested recommendations                                                                                  20
 
Properly written (spelling, organization, grammar)& formatted (includes title and reference page,
 is appropriate length, has proper number and proper use of citations)                                                                                 20

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