Activity: Research essay (1,500 words +/- 10%)
Value: 30 marks
Write an essay in which you consider the situation of students disadvantaged by: socioeconomic background, disability, English language proficiency, the particular needs of Indigenous students, school size, or school location. Select ONE disadvantaged group and comment on how effectively schools, and the education system more generally, prepares these disadvantaged students for employment, further education and training, and life beyond school.
Rubric assessment items
You will be rated on your ability to:
Locate suitable research material – at least five (5) required (10%)
· Use the arguments presented in the academic literature located (20%)
· Examine the impacts of schooling on disadvantaged students (30%)
· Consider the significance of the arguments presented by the authors of the articles (30%) · Demonstrate understanding of academic writing conventions (10%)
Notes for Assessment Task (2) Essay:
The Review of Funding for Schooling (Gonski et al, 2011), often referred to as the Gonski report, sought to establish a new means of calculating the allocation of funding for schools. The funding model, the schooling resource standard, proposed an amount of funding per student and additional loadings to recognise the additional costs of meeting certain educational needs. “These loadings would take into account socioeconomic background, disability, English language proficiency, the particular needs of Indigenous students, school size, and school location” (Gonski et al, 2011, p. xvi).
For this task, you are expected to consider the link between education and disadvantage. You should focus your research (from academic literature) on ONE particular disadvantaged group to avoid your discussion being too general, but note this is not an invitation to simply write about a disadvantaged group. Students should aim to make an argument in their essays rather than just presenting information about the issue chosen. Giving your essay a brief descriptive title should also help to focus the essay. APA style formatting and referencing must be used.
The marking of this essay, as indicated in rubric and marking criteria, focuses on discovering what other researchers have discovered when looking at this topic. Your task is to find out what has been said and develop an argument of your own. This can be in line with the views of others, or challenge these views. For this assessment, you are not to interview principals, teachers, or students.
The research for this task must involve using electronic database searches to locate suitable academic literature, but other relevant material may also be used. Suitable academic literature includes articles in refereed journals, research reports and academic texts. For this essay you are expected to cite at least five pieces of academic literature from at least two research databases.
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