You will write an argumentative essay based on one country’s work towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4,Target 1

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16/02/2018 1 Feed-forward Essay NURS1003 16/02/2018 2 You will write an argumentative essay based on one country’s work towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4,Target 1 Essay Question: • ”Is your chosen country likely to be successful in ensuring that all girls and/or boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education by 2030?“ • You should discuss the question and your country in your Introduction and Conclusion Figure: United Nations (2016) Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. Retrieved from /https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org /sdg3 Assessment Guidelines Read the Guidelines in the Assessments link on Blackboard Provide 1600‐words (+/‐ 10%) – you will be penalised for going over or under the word limit Choose one country which is classified by the World Bank as low‐come (LI) or lower‐middle income (LMI) e.g. Ghana (LI), Sri Lanka (LMI) Critically analyse: • The country’s progress towards SDG 4, Target 1 • use the Sociological Imagination Template (historical, cultural, structural factors and critical analysis) to structure the discussion • use APA (6th ed.) referencing style and current academic sources 16/02/2018 3 Marking Rubric Read the Marking Rubric (attached to the Essay Guidelines) • Always read the Marking Rubric for an assessment before you begin • Check your work against the Marking Rubric before you submit – have you covered everything you need to? • The next slides cover the  criteria from the Marking Rubric for this essay CRITERION 1 Introduction and Conclusion  20% Identifies topic. Engages readers’ interest. Provides some background information. Contains a thesis or argument to communicate author’s position on the subject. Defines key terms and links to health outcomes. Conclusion and prediction link back to thesis and introduction. Introduction • ‘sets the scene’ by providing some information about the topic / background information • Engages the reader’s interest • Provides a thesis statement  (i.e., gives the writer’s position on the central issue) • Defines key terms and explain relevance of topic to population health. Conclusion • Re‐states the main idea presented in the Introduction / re‐states thesis statement • Does not add new information • May include data (statistics or a quote, with a reference) but does not end on a reference (ends with student’s own words • Finish  with an eye to the future (predict the country’s likelihood of achieving the goal/target) 16/02/2018 4 CRITERION 2 Content  30% Relevant Historical, Structural and Cultural Factors identified and clearly linked to SDG and target. Sociological Imagination Template 1. Historical factors – how the past has contributed to the current status of education for girls and boys 2. Cultural factors – how culture impacts access to education 3. Structural factors – how particular social institutions affect impact education provision and access • Provide relevant information about your country. You must cover all 3 factors • You can use headings (Structural Factors) or words: “Many structural factors have led to …” • Provide introductory, summary and transition sentences of your own for paragraphs – these do not need to be referenced • Different countries/ topics will require more or less time spent on the 3 factors • It is usually logical to start with historical factors CRITERION 3 Evidence  10% Points are supported by relevant evidence (quotes, numbers, statistics, dates etc.). 1. Be specific! • Use evidence to support each main points you are making ‐ your essay will be more credible and persuasive if it is backed by solid evidence • Be specific: • Names and titles of individuals, groups, countries, organisations • Quantitative – dates, numbers, statistics • Qualitative – quotes, descriptions 2. Be academic! • Take most evidence from credible sources • Cite the  authors for the reader, e.g. The Government of Zaire reports a 50 percent increase in girls attending primary education in the past two years (author, date) 16/02/2018 5 CRITERION 4 Critical Analysis  20% Critical evaluation of findings, evidence and concepts. Implications of findings for health identified. Realistic recommendations provided. This is where you defend your thesis (argument) Use key historical, structural and cultural factors from your previous paragraphs to highlight barriers and enablers to achieving the SDG, target. Barriers and Enablers – ‐Who is affected (epidemiology)? ‐Are cultural beliefs and practices contributing   to the issue? ‐Are Government policies, provision of services adequate and appropriately targeted? Success Story: example when an intervention in the past resulted in improved  outcomes (NOTE: there might not be one that is applicable for your argument) Recommendations: What recommendations could be made? In an ideal scenario, what should happen? What realistic interventions could be undertaken? This is your own discussion of your findings (what you have presented). This is where you defend your thesis (argument) Government • International: law and policy ‐ the United Nations and its agencies (WHO, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNDP,) • National: law and policy (particularly social and health), national or regional, quantitative data (e.g. Government statistics; Government health organisations) Civil Society • NGOs (national or international) providing support to your chosen country on the health issue Academic • Refereed (peer reviewed) academic journal articles • Located using a Curtin Library Database • Current (within 10 years unless provides information for historical factors) CRITERION 5 References 5% Reference List contains academic sources and shows breadth of reading (16 sources). Breadth of reading = a good number of references, taken from more than one source (balanced view, different views) For this topic, it is appropriate to use some web sources for government and intergovernmental reports and information from non-government organisation (NGO) The majority should be academic 16/02/2018 6 CRITERION 6 Referencing Correct APA (6th) system used in‐text and reference list. In‐text citations provided for all information taken from other writers and integrated well into writing. Integrate in‐text references into writing • Make it clear which section the reference is linked to In‐text references • Use APA 6th ed. guide (accessed via Curtin Library’s homepage) • Always provided for direct quotes, and data (numbers and statistics) • Provided for all information and ideas taken from other writers • Not provided for your own analysis – e.g. few in‐text references are required in the Introduction, Critical analysis and Conclusion Reference List • Use APA 6th ed. guide • Starts on a separate page • Line spacing – 1.5 without extra spaces between refs. • Pay attention to punctuation CRITERION 7 Presentation  10% Grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure correct and appropriate. Mechanical accuracy (spelling, formatting and punctuation). A very important 10%! This gives you feedback on several key skills needed for all assessments at Curtin and for work readiness • Submit in Word form • Student number (ID) and page number in footer – student name is not needed • Typed, 1.5 spacing, size 11 or 12 font • Grammar, sentence structure and spelling are correct (use grammar and spell check!) • Vocabulary appropriate to Health Sciences • Formal tone – avoid personal pronouns (‘I’, ‘we’), contractions (‘can’t’), slang (‘kids) • Numbers under 10 should be in written format (e.g., ‘five’); numbers over 10 should be in numeric format (e.g., ‘20’) • All numbers at the very beginning of a sentence should be in written format (e.g., “Thirty‐five participants completed a questionnaire” • Mechanical accuracy – proofread for small errors • Capitalise names of countries, people and policies • Clear, simple language is best; the goal is to communicate your findings to the r
eader • A Table of Contents is not needed. A copy of the Plagiarism Checklist is not required. 16/02/2018 7 Mistake students make • Start too late • Write only one draft • Do not develop an essay outline • Do not paying attention to the this unit’s methodology (SI template) • Do not check the Marking Rubric • Do not answering the question asked • Forget about SDG/ target by the end of the essay • Do not provide sufficient references (evidence/research) • Skip the critical analysis/discussion • Submit late (10% per calendar day) • Forget to back up work (buy a usb!)

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