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Rubric

For this Performance Task Assessment, you will examine a real-world topic in psychology and evaluate how theory provides a better understanding of the topic.For this Performance Task Assessment, choose one of the following topics:

  1. Habits (their development and/or perpetuation)
  2. Risk-taking behavior
  3. Academic achievement (success and/or challenges)
  4. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  5. Healthy intimate relationships
  6. Group affiliations (e.g., religious, political, friendships, special interests)
  7. Pain management
  8. Occupational success and/or challenges
  9. Stereotypes (e.g., gender, racial, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status)

If you wish to propose a topic different from what is on the list, please message your Faculty SME for approval.

Select two psychological theories and consider how they relate to the topic you chose. Based on the theories you selected, search the Walden Library for at least four scholarly articles that include at least two unique articles for each theory you selected.

Part 1: Introduction: Theory and Topic Selection (1 page)

  1. Describe both theories you selected, and why you think they are appropriate for the topic you chose.
  2. Compare the theories, related to the topic you chose
  3. Argue which theory provides a better understanding of the topic.
  4. Explain how psychological research, grounded in these two theories, helped you better understand the characteristics of the topic.

Part 2: Psychological Theories (4 pages)

  1. Explain the origins and development of your topic.
  2. Explain how each theory can be used to develop strategies or programs to benefit human development relevant to your topic.
  3. Explain how each theory, you chose, addresses the cultural differences or diversity considerations relevant to your topic.
  4. Explain how the theories, you chose, meet the characteristics of a good theory relevant to your topic. Justify your explanation with evidence from your resources.

Part 3: Research and Social Change (1–2 pages)

  1. Explain how the research, related to your topic, can be used to promote positive social change.
  2. Explain how research fits into your personal vision as an agent for positive social change.

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PT003: Research Evaluate how research informs psychological theories to promote social change in communities or in society at-large

Assessment Rubric

Rubric Criteria 0

Not Present 1

Needs Improvement 2

Meets Expectations

Module 1: How Research Informs Theory

Part 1: Introduction: Theory and Topic Selection

LO1.1: Evaluate theories based on the topic selected

Response is not present. Assessment is vague and unclear, and it does not include an evaluation of both theories selected and their appropriateness for the topic selected.

Assessment includes an evaluation of both theories selected and their appropriateness for the topic selected.

LO1.2: Compare theories related to the topic selected

Response is not present. Assessment is vague and unclear, and it does not include a comparison of theories related to the topic selected.

Assessment includes a comparison of theories related to the topic selected.

LO1.3: Evaluate theories to better understand the topic selected

Response is not present. Assessment is vague and unclear as to which theory provides a better understanding of the topic selected.

Assessment includes an argument as to which theory provides a better understanding of the topic selected.

LO 1.4: Analyze how psychological research grounded in theories helped your understanding of the topic selected

Response is not present. Assessment is vague and unclear, and it does not include an explanation of how psychological research grounded in the two theories and lacks a clear

Assessment includes an explanation of how psychological research grounded in the two theories helped to better understand

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Rubric Criteria 0

Not Present 1

Needs Improvement 2

Meets Expectations

understanding of the characteristics of the topic.

the characteristics of the topic.

Module 2: Psychological Theories

Part 2: Psychological Theories

LO 2.1: Explain the origins and development of the topic selected

Response is not present. Assessment is vague and unclear, and it does not include a thorough explanation of the origins and development of the topic selected.

Assessment includes an explanation of the origins and development of the topic selected.

LO 2.2: Explain how each theory is used to develop strategies or programs to benefit human development relevant to the topic selected

Response is not present. Assessment is vague and unclear, and it does not provide an explanation as to how each theory is used to develop strategies or programs to benefit human development relevant to the topic selected.

Assessment includes an explanation as to how each theory is used to develop strategies or programs to benefit human development relevant to the topic selected.

LO 2.3: Explain how each theory addresses the cultural differences or diversity considerations relevant to the topic selected

Response is not present. Assessment is vague and unclear, and it does not provide an explanation as to how each theory addresses the cultural differences or diversity considerations relevant to the topic selected.

Assessment includes an explanation as to how each theory addresses the cultural differences or diversity considerations relevant to the topic selected.

LO 2.4: Explain how the theories you chose meet the characteristics of a good theory relevant to the topic selected

Response is not present. Assessment is vague and unclear, and it does not provide an explanation as to how the theories meet the

Assessment includes an explanation as to how the theories meet the characteristics of a good

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Rubric Criteria 0

Not Present 1

Needs Improvement 2

Meets Expectations

characteristics of a good theory relevant to the topic selected. Justification is vague and unclear and includes some evidence from resources.

theory relevant to your chosen topic. Also, includes justification to the explanation with evidence from resources.

Module 3: Research and Social Change

Part 3: Research and Social Change

LO 3.1: Explain how the research related to your topic can be used to promote positive social change

Response is not present. Assessment is vague and unclear, and it does not include a thorough explanation of how the research related to the topic can be used to promote positive social change.

Assessment includes an explanation of how the research related to the topic can be used to promote positive social change.

LO 3.2: Explain how research fits into your personal vision as an agent for positive social change

Response is not present. Assessment is vague and unclear, and it does not include a thorough explanation of how research fits into personal vision as an agent for positive social change.

Assessment includes an explanation of how research fits into personal vision as an agent for positive social change.

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Information Literacy: Apply strategies to evaluate information in order to effectively analyze issues and make decisions.

0

Not Present

1

Needs Improvement

2

Meets Expectations

LO1: Identify and locate credible sources.

No sources or noncredible sources are present.

Sources are inconsistently credible, appropriate, and relevant to the topic and/or assessment.

Sources are mostly credible, appropriate, and relevant to the topic and/or assessment.

LO2: Analyze information sources.

Analysis is not present. Analysis superficially applies aspects of sources that are most relevant to the topic and/or assessment and/or analysis is unclear.

Analysis thoroughly and clearly applies aspects of sources that are most relevant to the topic and/or assessment.

LO3: Synthesize information from multiple, credible sources.

Synthesis is not present. Synthesis demonstrates a vague connection between multiple sources and/or the topic.

Synthesis demonstrates a clear and cohesive connection between multiple sources and/or ideas to support a given topic.

Written Communication: Write with clarity, coherence, and purpose.

0

Not Present

1

Needs Improvement

2

Meets Expectations

LO1: Develop clear introduction statements. (AWE 3; essay-level skills)

Introduction statement is not present.

Introduction statement is unclear and/or unfocused.

Introduction statement is well-defined and clearly describes the topic and focus of the response.

LO2: Use transitions to connect ideas. (AWE 3; essay-level skills)

Transitions are not present.

Transitions are used inconsistently or limit reader’s access to ideas.

Writing conveys a cohesive idea through the effective use of transitions.

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LO3: Use appropriate tone and vocabulary for a given audience. (Awe 3; Awareness of audience and discipline)

Vocabulary and tone are inappropriate for the audience.

Vocabulary and tone vary throughout the writing and limit the reader’s access to ideas.

Vocabulary and tone communicate key concepts that are appropriate for the audience.

LO4: Apply APA formatting and style guidelines. (Awe 3 Awareness of audience and discipline and credit to source)

APA formatting and style are not present.

Writing inconsistently uses in-text citations and references. Major errors in APA style impede understanding and/or violate standards for academic integrity.

Writing uses in-text citations appropriately, includes references when applicable, and is formatted according to APA style. Minor errors in APA style do not impede understanding or violate standards for academic integrity.

Mastery Rubric No Yes

Exceeds Expectations: Research

Evaluate how research informs psychological theories to promote social change in communities or in society at- large.

The Assessment is vague and unclear, and it does not provide a thorough evaluation on how research informs psychological theories to promote social change in communities or in society at-large.

The Assessment is clear and concise and provides a thorough evaluation of how research informs psychological theories to promote social change in communities or in society at-large.

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