Topic: Healthcare Reform and the Uninsured and Underinsured Population
Thesis: Healthcare reform will provide health insurance opportunities to those who need it and will build a healthier America.
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The Final Research Project will
present research relating the responsibilities of a critical thinker to
contemporary society. In this assignment, you will do the following:
- Research one aspect of a contemporary social problem.
- Define the problem.
- Propose a possible solution for the problem.
- Create an argument that supports your thesis position.
You should take on the perspective of a critically thinking researcher.
The argument must present a thesis statement and evidence to support the
- Evaluate the ethical outcomes that result from the
position you take on the issue and explain how those outcomes would
influence society and culture.
- Interpret statistical data from at least two
peer-reviewed scholarly sources.
- Evaluate evidence using the following standards:
validity, reliability, and bias related to the chosen topic and accurately
identify strengths and weaknesses.
You must present a complete argument, including a major claim with at least
five points of evidence, information, or data that will prove the claim.
- The thesis statement must be
- A clear, simple declarative sentence as the first or
last sentence in the opening paragraph of the essay.
- Of such a nature that it can be substantiated,
corroborated, verified, and proved through appeal to primary or secondary
academic research source materials.
- The introductory paragraph must
- Present the thesis statement, an explanation for the
importance of the topic, and its relation to the student’s field of
- Beliefs, opinions, and personal opinions must not be
introduced at any point in the essay.
- All beliefs and opinions should be supported with
academic evidence. Sweeping generalizations with no supporting academicevidence do not reflect adequate critical thinking skills.
- Do not include rhetorical questions in your essays. All
the questions that are pertinent to your project need to be answered in
your essay and your answers again need to be supported with evidence from
peer-reviewed journal articles and academically published books.
Attributes of Good Critical Thinking
- Your paper should include academic sources that explain
multiple sides of the issue.
- The evidence that you use should come from high-level
researchers engaged in your field of study.
- Your interpretations of the evidence should be
objective and state the conclusions and theses presented in the evidence
clearly and fairly.
- Your paper should place the various forms of evidence
in relation to one another and demonstrate why one form or perspective is
stronger than the other positions that one could take on the issue.
- Your paper should point out the limitations of current
evidence and attempt to indicate areas for future research.
Ethical Outcomes of the Position You
Create an argument about how one ought to respond to the issue, you need to
explain the ethical outcomes of the position you have taken.
Critical thinkers are those who can
outline the positive and negative ethical impacts of their positions. In
addition, they are able to provide a rationale for why they believe a specific
position is the right position, even when it leads to negative outcomes.
- Critical thinkers are also able to be honest and
objective about the limitations and gray areas that pertain to their
Final Research Project Requirements
The Final Research Project may be presented as a formal research paper (essay
format equivalent to a minimum of 10 – 12 pages in APA format (approximately
3,300 – 3,900 typewritten words, excluding title page and reference pages).
Written essays must adhere to all APA formatting standards and requirements.
There must be no more than 15% quoted content in the body of your essay. All
quoted material must bear quotation marks and a full quotation citation.
- There must be 10 or more source documents used, cited,
You must have a summary conclusion as the last paragraph(s) of the project,
presenting the major point of the essay and the evidence supporting that point.