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REVIEWING RESEARCH AND
MAKING CONNECTIONS
Due Week 4: 122 points
You’ve learned about the importance of research and the steps
of the sociological research process. For your first assignment,
you will begin to work with this process by carefully reviewing an
article about a research study. The goal is to have you analyze
the article to see how the steps of the research process informed
the research presented in the piece. This assignment will also
encourage you to make connections between the research and
your own life.
To analyze your article, follow the Ask, Research, Learn, Do
process that is outlined below. This process was introduced in
your webtext as a simplified version of the sociological research
process. It’s a useful tool to help you think critically, answer
questions, and solve problems.
Instructions: Complete both parts of the assignment by following
the instructions below.
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PART A: REVIEW THE RESEARCH
1) Review Articles
a) Prepare to complete your assignment by
reviewing the articles below. Select one for the
focus of your first assignment.
• “What ‘Personal Space’ Looks Like Around
the World”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/
worldviews/wp/2017/04/24/how-close-istoo-close-depends-on-where-you-live/?utm_
term=.8f70ef8686ad
• “Millennials aren’t job-hopping any faster
than Generation X did”
http://www.pewresearch.org/facttank/2017/04/19/mil…
• 6 facts about the U.S. military and its
changing demographics
http://www.pewresearch.org/facttank/2017/04/13/6-f…
2) Use the research information presented in the article
to answer the questions below. You should write four
paragraphs, one for each step listed in bold. Refer to
Chapter 2 of the webtext as necessary.
a) Ask:
• What was the topic of the research?
• Who was studied in the research?
• What was the research question that was
answered by the information in the article?
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b) Research:
• What research methods were used?
• Summarize the process researchers used to
collect data.
c) Learn:
• What were the key findings of the research?
• What conclusion was drawn from the
research?
d) Do:
• What follow-up question would you now like
to ask and research based on this article?
• Why did you choose this follow-up question?
PART B: MAKE CONNECTIONS
1) Use your article review to help answer the questions
below. You should write two paragraphs, one for each
question.
a) How can you apply the key research findings to
your own life?
b) What are two additional questions that you have
about society based on this research?
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
• Use Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch
margins on all sides.
• Use section headers (Ask, Research, Learn, Do, and
Make Connections) and write left indented paragraphs
under each corresponding section.
• References are not required for this assignment as you
will use one of the assigned articles and your webtext.
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• Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment,
the student’s name, the professor’s name, the
course title, and the date.

RUBRIC
Grading for this assignment will be based on the following rubric:
POINTS: 122 ASSIGNMENT 1: REVIEWING RESEARCH AND MAKING CONNECTIONS
Criteria Unacceptable
Below 60% – F
Meets Minimum
Expectations
60-69% – D
Fair
70-79% – C
Proficient
80-89% – B
Exemplary
90-100% – A
1. Ask
Identify the research
topic, the
people studied,
and the research
question.
Weight: 18%
Does not identify
the research
topic, the people
studied, or the
research question.
The information
provided
is incorrect.
Insufficiently
identifies the research
topic, the
people studied,
and the research
question. The
information provided
is mostly
inaccurate and/
or two or more
questions are
answered incorrectly.
Partially identifies
the research
topic, the people
studied, and the
research question.
The information
provided is
generally accurate,
but some
relevant details
are missing or
one question is
answered incorrectly.
Identifies the research
topic, the
people studied,
and the research
question. The
information provided
is accurate
and provides
relevant details.
There may be
small errors or
omissions.
Identifies the research
topic, the
people studied,
and the research
question. The
information provided
is accurate,
provides relevant
details, and
demonstrates
understanding by
using sociology
terms. There
are no errors or
omissions.
2. Research
Identify the research
methods
and summarize
the research
process.
Weight: 18%
Does not identify
the research
method(s) used
and does not
summarize the
process researchers
used
to collect data.
The information
provided is incorrect.
Insufficiently
identifies
the research
method(s) used
and does not
provide a complete
summary
of the process
researchers used
to collect data.
The description
of the research
process is missing
key steps.
Correctly identifies
the research
method(s) used
and summarizes
the key steps of
the process researchers
used to
collect data. Provides
a high-level
description of the
research process,
but does not
include sufficient
details.
Correctly identifies
the research
method(s) used
and generally
summarizes
the process
researchers used
to collect data.
Provides a general
description
of the research
process.
Correctly identifies
the research
method(s) used
and summarizes
the process
researchers used
to collect data.
Provides a detailed
description
of the complete
research process.
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POINTS: 122 ASSIGNMENT 1: REVIEWING RESEARCH AND MAKING CONNECTIONS
Criteria Unacceptable
Below 60% – F
Meets Minimum
Expectations
60-69% – D
Fair
70-79% – C
Proficient
80-89% – B
Exemplary
90-100% – A
3. Learn
Describe the key
findings of the
researchers and
the conclusion
drawn from the
research.
Weight: 18%
Does not describe
the key
findings and/or
conclusion and
does not provide
supporting
details.
Inaccurately
describes key
findings or conclusion
and supporting
details
are sparse.
Partially describes
key
findings and
conclusion but
some of the supporting
details
are missing.
Accurately
describes key
findings and
conclusion and
includes supporting
details.
Accurately
describes key
findings and
conclusion and
includes supporting
details.
Demonstrates
strong understanding
by
using sociology
terms and
providing logical,
accurate, and
concise information.
4. Do
Propose a follow-up
question
and an explanation.
Weight: 18%
Does not propose
a follow-up
question or does
not align with
key research
findings and
does not provide
details.
Proposes a follow-up
question
that isn’t fully
aligned with the
key findings of
the research,
or the explanation
is missing
details.
Proposes a follow-up
question
that isn’t fully
aligned with the
key findings of
the research,
or the explanation
is missing
details.
Proposes a follow-up
question
that is aligned
with the key
findings of the
research, and
provides a logical
explanation
that includes
some details.
Proposes a follow-up
question
that is aligned
with the key
findings of the
research, and
provides a logical
explanation
that includes
supporting
details. Demonstrates
strong
understanding
by using sociology
terms.
5. Describe how
the key research
findings could
be applied and
propose two
questions about
society.
Weight: 18%
Does not
describe how
the key findings
could be applied,
or does
not propose two
questions about
society.
Supporting details
are sparse
to describe how
the key findings
could be applied,
or to support
two proposed
questions about
society.
Supporting details
are used but
some key details
are missing to
describe how
the key findings
could be applied,
or to support
two proposed
questions about
society.
Includes supporting
details
to describe how
to apply key
findings and
proposes two
questions about
society based on
the research.
Supporting
details are
provided to fully
describe how
the key findings
could be applied
and to support
two proposed
questions about
society. Demonstrates
strong
understanding
by using sociology
terms.
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POINTS: 122 ASSIGNMENT 1: REVIEWING RESEARCH AND MAKING CONNECTIONS
Criteria Unacceptable
Below 60% – F
Meets Minimum
Expectations
60-69% – D
Fair
70-79% – C
Proficient
80-89% – B
Exemplary
90-100% – A
6. Write in a
skillful manner
using stated
formatting and
correct grammar
and spelling.
Weight: 10%
Writing does not
meet minimal
standards. Tone
is not appropriate.
Wholly
lacking in logic,
clarity, and/or
stated formatting.
Contains
many spelling
and/or grammatical
errors.
Writing meets
minimal standards.
Tone is
not appropriate.
Lacking
one or more
of logic, clarity,
and/or stated
formatting. May
contain many
spelling and/
or grammatical
errors.
Writing is satisfactory.
Appropriate
and/or
consistent tone
is developing.
Shows moderate
logic, clarity,
and/or stated
formatting.
May contain
more than a few
spelling and/
or grammatical
errors.
Writing is proficient.
Tone is appropriate.
Shows
logic, clarity,
and stated
formatting. May
contain few or
no spelling and/
or grammatical
errors.
Writing is excellent.
Tone is
appropriate and
demonstrates
excellent word
choice. Shows
exceptional
logic, clarity, and
stated formatting.
Contains no
spelling or grammatical
error

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