What are the strengths and weaknesses of the theory?

Midterm Essay Instructions and Essay Question

The Midterm Essay will require you to respond to 1 broad based question.  You must format your essay as you would a formal paper, following the guidelines set forth for papers in this course. To adequately respond to the question, you will need to write at least 10 pages (not including the title-page, abstract, and reference pages.) Ensure you apply correct APA format, in-text citations, and include your Christian world view application with biblical in-text citations. The essay is open book/open notes.

Midterm Essay Question:

The authors of Juvenile Justice:  A Guide to Theory, Police and Practicediscuss the four main theories that have been developed that attempt to explain offenses by and against juveniles.

Steven M. Cox, Jennifer M. Allen, Robert D. Hanser and John J. Conrad. Juvenile Justice A Guide to Theory, Policy and Practice. 9th ed. Sage Publications, 2018. ISBN: 9781506349008.

Conflict, Radical, Critical, and Marxist Theories

Please choose two of these theories to analyze against one another.  As you write your essay answer this series of questions:

·  Explain each theory.

·  What are the strengths and weaknesses of the theory?

·  What is the relationship between the theory and practice?

·  Is there any evidence to support the theory and delinquency causation?

·  How is the theory critical to the understanding and control of delinquency?

·  Which theory do you think does the best job of explaining the causation of delinquency and why?

·  Do not forget to review the grading rubric.

Midterm Essay Rubric

Criteria Levels of Achievement
Content

(70%)

Advanced

94-100%

Proficient

88-93%

Developing

1-87%

Not present Total
Content 47 to 50 points:

  • The question is clearly identified and retains focus throughout the paper.
  • Introduction provides sufficient background on the topic and previews major points.
  • All necessary aspects of the assignment described in the instructions are clearly identifiable.
  • Organization emphasizes the central theme or purpose.
44 to 46.5 points:

  • The question may require some clarification and/or greater prominence throughout the paper.
  • Introduction may not provide adequate background on the topic and preview major points.
  • Most necessary aspects of the assignment described in the instructions are clearly identifiable and sufficiently addressed.
  • Organization may not sufficiently emphasize the central theme or purpose.
1 to 43.5 points:

  • The question requires significant clarification and prominence throughout the paper.
  • Introduction may be missing or ambiguous.
  • Some necessary aspects of the assignment described in the instructions are clearly identifiable, but others may require clarification or development.
  • Organization may require significant improvement.
0 points

Not present

Reasoned Analysis 47 to 50 points:

  • Major points are stated clearly and are supported by valid evidence and logical reasoning.
  • Objective, reasoned analysis is employed.
  • Opposing viewpoints are sufficiently acknowledged and critically evaluated.
  • The conclusion logically derives from the paper’s ideas. An authoritative, persuasive, and statesmanlike voice is used.
44 to 46.5 points:

  • Most major points are stated clearly and supported by valid evidence and logical reasoning, but some points may require clarification or greater support.
  • Opposing viewpoints are acknowledged but may require greater evaluation.
  • The conclusion does not fully derive from the paper’s ideas.
  • Some improvements to objective tone/perspective may be required.
1 to 43.5 points:

  • Major points require significant clarification and scholarly support.
  • Opposing viewpoints are not adequately acknowledged and/or addressed.
  • Conclusion does not derive logically from the paper’s main ideas.
  • Significant improvements to objective tone/perspective are required.
0 points

Not present

Scholarly Support 21.25 to 22.5 points:

Sources reflecting diverse viewpoints and research are employed to include at least 4 peer-reviewed scholarly resources (along with course materials/books). Source material is properly attributed. Resonates Christian world view supporting your themes throughout your writing.

19.75 to 21 points:

Some improvements/ additions to quality/quantity of sources are needed using at least 2 peer-reviewed scholarly resources (along with course materials/books). Clarification of source material may be needed. Further interpretation and/or support for Christian world view needed.

1 to 19.5 points:

Significant improvement of scholarly support or Christian world view is needed. Source material may not be properly attributed.

0 points

Not present

Structure (30%) Advanced

94-100%

Proficient

88-93%

Developing

1-88%

Not present Total
Grammar & Spelling 20.75 to 22 points:

  • Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed and spelling is correct.
  • Sentences are complete, clear and concise.
  • Rhetorical skill is shown.
  • Sentences are well constructed, with consistently strong and varied structure.
  • Sentence transitions are present and direct the flow of thought. Paragraph transitions are present and logical, directing flow of thought throughout the paper.
19.5 to 20.5 points:

  • Paper contains minimal errors in grammar, usage, punctuation and spelling.
  • Sentences are generally complete, clear and concise.
  • Rhetorical skill is shown, although a few points may require clarification.
  • Some variation in sentence structure or transitions may be required to improve flow of discussion.
  • Some paragraph transitions may require improvement.
1 to 19.25 points:

  • Paper contains numerous errors in grammar, usage, punctuation and spelling.
  • Multiple sentences may be incomplete or ambiguously worded.
  • Sentence transitions may be weak, insufficiently directing the flow of thought.
0 points

Not present

Formatting 20.75 to 22 points:

  • Paper is laid out effectively and uses reader-friendly aids (e.g., section subheadings, table of contents, indices, appendices, etc.) as appropriate.
  • Text, citations and Reference page(s) follow current APA format requirements.
  • Paper is written in 12 point Times New Roman font, is double-spaced, and has 1” margins.
19.5 to 20.5 points:

  • Paper is generally laid out effectively and uses some reader-friendly aids as appropriate.
  • Text, citations and Reference page(s) contains minimal inconsistencies with current APA format requirements.
  • Paper may contain some inconsistencies with required font, spacing and margin requirements.
1 to 19.25 points:

  • Paper may be laid out ineffectively or may not use sufficient reader-friendly aids as appropriate.
  • Text, citations and/or Reference page(s) do not follow current APA format requirements.
  • Paper may not follow required font, spacing and margin requirements.
0 points

Not present

Page Length 8 to 8.5 points:

Required page length of 10 pages is met. This does not include title-page, abstract, nor reference page(s).

7.5 to 7.75 points:

Required page length was not met or exceeded required page length of 1 page. This does not include title-page, abstract, nor reference page(s).

1 to 7.25 points:

Page length may be significantly shorter or longer than the requirement by 2 or more pages.

0 points

Not present

Professor Comments: Total: /175

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