Paper Grading Criteria
Please note that all point assignments are only
approximate because some of the criteria can overlap in practice. But
they do provide information about the relative importance of the various
1. How well do you state your thesis? Do you take a stand on whether
your subject is a genius or not? (10 points) A scientist or not? (6
points) If a scientist, normal or revolutionary? (4 points; if not a
scientist, then these points are part of the preceding question)
2. How well do you make a case for your thesis?
a. Do you make use of all of
the available information with respect to the most critical sections
in Creativity in Science? (go here
for details) Take special care to cover the following topics: family
environment, educational performance, sociocultural context,
personal characteristics, and career development and impact (5
b. Are the facts about your
subject closely integrated with the characteristic profile of the
scientific genius? (20 points) Or is the biographical information
treated separately from the typical profile? Are your conclusions
merely tacked on as an appendage? Is your conclusion strongly
justified by what you have presented? (10 points)
c. Would your argument be
comprehensible to someone who has not taken this course, like your
roommate or parent or best friend? (5 points)
3. Is your presentation well written and well
organized? (10 points) Are the sources for your information well
documented? (5 points) Do your citations and references follow APA
style? (5 points) In short, is it a good, solid term paper that one
would expect for a psychology class?
As mentioned in the main course page, you will
lose 3 points for each day your paper is late. In addition, you will
lose 1 point for each page in excess of the 10-page limit, as well as
1 point for each of the following departures from accepted
format: no 12-point font, no 1-inch margins, no page numbers, no
one-sided pages, and no headings. Papers that are not double-spaced
lose 3 points.
Please note that there is a sample term paper
available right here. However,
this is only an illustration for a hypothetical person ("XX").
It shows some of the topics that should be addressed. Your own
subject may have more information available on some topics and less on
others, and therefore the content of your paper might be very
different. Even the headings or their order might change.
Be flexible! You should organize your paper around your thesis
and your subject rather than slavishly imitate this sample.
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