Written Essay on your case study (2000 words) (40%)
Your essay must be written in the 3rd person using academic writing and APA referencing. Your essay will be based on the issues identified in your case study. You will need a minimum of 5 other references. I would suggest you use the course readings and other material from the course site prior to looking elsewhere for relevant literature/theory to help you theorise about the issues. Remember this is a critcial reflective essay whichh means you need to consider more than one perspective to help you learn more about the thinking and practice around the issues presented in the case study.
I have had some questions on how to structure your essay using the COCR process whilst writing in the third person. Firstly you will not use the headings, however, the 4 sections should be implicit in the essay. To deconstruct you will need to identify the issues in the case study using the literature to help you unpack the issues in the case study. To confront you will use the literature to help you unpack your own thinking around the issues, as this is written in the third person you will need to use terms like…it seems that or according to…it is often thought that…this also helps you to unpack some of the ‘taken-for-granted’ notions in the thinking and practice around the particular issues in the case study. You will aslo use the literature to help you theorise about the issues – what is the current thinking and practice around these issus and what might be different. Finally you will conclude with thinking otherwise, which is based on what has been learnt and understood by doing the research (from more than one perspective) and by listening to other perspectives in the Professional Conversations.
If you need support for essay writing please use the tutorials presented in HERBIE (Health Resources Bank) and you may also want to ask for some support through student services.
Concise and clear summary of key issue.
/15 Excellent explanation and understanding of the issue substantiated with extensive use of relevant literature
13-15 Good explanation and understanding of the issue substantiated with some use of relevant literature
10.5-12.5 Some explanation and understanding of the issue with substantiated by limited use of literature
7.5-10 Poor explanation and understanding of the issue with no use of literature to substantiate claims
Understanding of the multiple perspectives on this issue
/15 Demonstrates a high level understanding of the multiple perspectives around this issue
13-15 Demonstrates a good understanding of differing perspectives around the issue
10.5-12.5 Demonstrates some understanding of differing perspectives around the issue
7.5-10 Poor or no explanation of differing perspectives around the issue
Written Expression: Correct essay structure, grammar, spelling
/5 Excellent presentation, outstanding use of academic conventions and no errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar
4.5-5 Use of effective academic conventions. Few errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar
3-4.5 Limited use of academic conventions. Numerous errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar
2.5-3 Little or no care taken with presentation. No evidence of proofreading. Far too many errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar
Referencing, reference list: Use of research to support key claims, correct use of APA 6th in- text referencing and reference list
/5 Evidence of effective wide and critical reading and advanced use of research to support key claims and excellent use of APA 6th in- text referencing and reference list
4.5-5 Evidence of critical reading and research to support key claims and use of APA 6th in- text referencing and reference list
3-4.5 Some use of reading and research to support key claims and some use of APA 6th in- text referencing and reference list
2.5-3 No evidence of reading, use of research to support key claims and use of APA 6th in- text referencing and reference list
Mark Total: ( /40)
Case Study Two: Joan’s family
A mother (Joan) is a single parent with two children, Jessica is 10 years old and her brother Ryan is 4 years old. Concerns about this family were first raised by the school when the children were having very poor school attendance. Despite several attempts by the school staff to encourage the children to come to school, their attendance at school continued to be very irregular. When the children did manage to attend school it was noted by their teachers that the children appeared neglected because of their unkempt appearance and seldom had any food for lunch. Ryan’s teacher also noted that Ryan was very withdrawn when he did attend school. Joan has been called in by the school a number of times but never turns up for the meetings.
The child and family liaison officer is asked to do a home visit and on his/her initial visit to the family learns that Joan has recently left a violent relationship. Her mode of coping with the separation and trauma of the violence inflicted upon her is to use alcohol in ever-increasing amounts. She is finding it increasingly difficult to provide basic care and get the children to school. Her 10-year-old daughter (Jessica) is staying up late and is acting as a companion for Joan. Jessica tells you she is finding it very difficult to get up for school and get her brother and her ready so most of the time they just don’t go. Jessica also tells you she is worried about her mother as she is scared that her father may come back and hurt her again.
Deconstruct – What is happening here? Describe the issue(s). Pull apart the thinking around the issue(s) and closely exam where the notions are coming from. Examine what may be described as ‘normal’ or the taken-for-granted notions around the issues you have described.
Confront – What challenges your thinking? Approach the issues that are challenging you head-on by examining the ideas that are accepted but rarely questioned. What assumptions might be made?
Theorise: To help you get a better understanding of the issue(s) draw on relevant theory and literature. Describe the multiple perspectives presented in the theory and literature around the issues presented in the case study.
Think Otherwise: Re-examine the thinking about the issues and discuss how you are thinking now as a result of what you have learnt by examining these issues from more than one perspective. What has changed or deepened in your thinking?