his paper is an opportunity to explore a Restorative Justice related topic more in depth than what we were able to cover in the content for the course. Restorative Justice is a subject that can be studied for years (where people spend years earning certifications and degrees specific to this work!), so the research paper is simply a way for each student to dive deeper into a topic they are passionate about. Each student must examine and incorporate empirical evidence from the field on this topic using scholarly peer reviewed journal articles and/or content from the book and resources provided in the class (how that looks may differ for each of you — simply be sure you’re using scholarly or expert resources
The RJ paper should consist of at minimum 3 scholarly peer reviewed journal articles that discuss your RJ topic selected. Inclusion of materials from other expert resources can be used in the paper, but they do not count towards the scholarly peer reviewed journal article requirement. Court cases and Law Review articles count as ½ the references required for the minimum so if you include a court case and an article from a Law Review, each is worth ½ and will total 1 of the 5 required scholarly peer reviewed journal articles for this assignment. In text citations and a reference or works cited section are required; APA, ASA preferred – discuss other options with the professor beforehand (written agreement necessary for credit).
A few tips for creating a research paper:
Use an Introduction: Introduce us to what you will be discussing in this paper. Maybe address why the topic is important to study, how you plan to structure the paper; use this section as a guide for the reader. All papers have an introduction and this is no different. Tell the reader what to expect in the written work to follow it.
Identify ‘What scholarly work has been done? What’s been found? (i.e., the Literature Review)’ on this specific topic: This can be focused on concepts, findings, methods, etc. that come directly from the scholarly articles you found or from the resources you collected as you researched the topic. Let the articles guide you in structuring the body of your paper which will ultimately answer these overarching questions: what’s been done, what’s been found, what needs to be done, and beyond.
Consider adding this to the body of your paper (thinking standard Intro, Body, Conclusion formatting): What are agencies and organizations doing around this topic? What kind of community work is being conducted? Share any critical analysis or thoughts on improving the way in which we respond to this work. Share critical thoughts on the role restorative justice could play on this topic? Where are the gaps? What is not being addressed? Could restorative justice help? The goal here is critical analysis of research. Provide ideas of future directions or connections back to the real world in terms of changes for the future that could be made. Provide commentary and ideas about: “what’s missing” “why is the issue present” or “what next” “what change is necessary to address this long historic issue” and connect this back to restorative justice – whether it’s in favor of it or not, you’ve got to support your statements here.
You do not collect data on your own, you do not analyze data, rather you are reporting the research you found on this topic and sharing it via a paper (this is the communication method you’re using to share the information you found on the topic chosen).
Always, always include a Conclusion: Much like the Introduction, every paper has a Conclusion. This summarizes the main takeaways you want your reader to get. It is important here (or close to here) to reiterate why this is important and why your design is worth pursuing on this topic.
Your paper will be graded based upon the following rubric:
Content (40 pts possible): Full explanation of topic Introduction to topic, background, methods used, integration of scholarly articles or resources identified, consideration for structure and consistency in transitions from section to section.
Critical analysis ~ or depth of thought and application (30 pts possible): Critical analysis of research can be provided throughout the paper. This section concerns how well you integrated material, how well you assessed the articles being included, and how well you justified your design in context of all we’ve learned in this class about research methods. Connections back to the book are important as well. Somewhere in this commentary, your statement about why this is important will get at “what’s missing”, “why is the topic important” or “what your design offers to the existing research you found”.
Clarity (20 pts possible): Written in clear and concise style. Logical order and organization is present. Provides connections among papers. Succinct language. Grammar/structural basics used.
Citations (10 pts possible): It’s clear where information is from. Includes formatting indicated in syllabus including times new roman, 12-point font, minimum word count, in text citations, references or works cited page located at the end of the paper. Each student should submit at minimum 750 words; suggested between 750 word count for this assignment; the document can be single or double spaced (no more than double). An automatic 15 points will be deducted per peer reviewed article you DO NOT provide to meet the minimum requirement. An automatic 15 points will be deducted per 100 words you DO NOT provide to meet the minimum requirement.
One the source must use
Van Ness, Daniel W. and Karen Heetderks Strong. 2015. Restoring Justice: An Introduction to Restorative Justice. Routledge Publishing. ISBN: 9781455731398
Topic of the study is : The role faith based communities play in restorative justice and reintegration.