The background of the issue.

Assignment 1 Critical analysis of a major issue in education as they relate to the local context Assignment Type: Written Language: English Scope: Individual Word Limit: 2500 – 3000 words (excluding references and illustrations) Deadline: October 12, 2017 Question: Write a mini research paper on the topic “Low-performing students: Why they fall back and how to help them”. In your essay include the following: 1) The background of the issue in Maldives. (~300 words) 2) The rationale of conducting a study on the issue. (~300 words) 3) A search on the literature review on the issue. (~800 words) 4) Data collection techniques & Data analysis. (~600 words) 5) Findings and discussion. (~800 words) 6) Conclusion of the study. (~200 words) Marking Rubric: Note: Plagiarisms will be dealt as according to the MNU’s policies. Best of luck 7-8 6-5 4-3 2-0 Background of the issue The presentation of the background of the issue is clear and substantiated. The presentation of the background of the issue is clear but not substantiated. The presentation of the background of the issue has little or no clarity. Rationale of the issue The presentation of the rationale of the issue is clear and substantiated. The presentation of the rationale of the issue is clear but not substantiated. The presentation of the rationale of the issue has little or no clarity. Rationale of the issue The literature review is relevant, clear and evidenced with good reference to most recent researches. The literature review is relevant and clear with adequate reference. The literature review is relevant with adequate referencing, but vague. The literature review is too short or is mostly irrelevant. Or only few reference. Data collection and analysis Appropriate data collection technique used and analysis done well. Appropriate data collection technique used and adequate analysis done. Inappropriate data collection technique used and with ambiguous analysis. Finding and discussion New finding is evidenced in relation to the existing literature. Finding is clear with good connection of discussion to the literature review. Finding is clear but with little connection of discussion to the literature review. Finding is vague and discussion not at all related to the literature review. Conclusion Conclusion is good and clear Conclusion is vague 6 4 2 0 Reflection /Critique Illustrates the ability to effectively critique work, and to suggest constructive practical alternatives. Illustrates the ability to critique work, and to suggest constructive practical alternatives Illustrates an attempt to critique work, and to suggest alternatives Illustrates or no ability to critique work Organization Organization is excellent; the overall presentation of information is effective; meets a high professional standard Relevant to specific instructional context; is organized, but could be improved in one or more ways Lacks relevant material and organization; fails to meet the professional standard Referencing Proper referencing used Referencing inappropriate of inconsistent

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