Social Studies SBA (School Based Assessment ) Outline & Procedure

Social Studies (SBA)School Based Assessment Outline 


School Based Assessment(SBA). This is an evaluation conducted by the school while the social studies course is still in process. Candidates are required to conduct a guided research and document their findings your teacher/ other appropriate persons will guide you throughout the process. You MUST do your own work; it should not be done for you. Punishment will be administered to candidates in which it can be proven that they have plagiarized other persons work. The First draft must be handed in to your teacher NO later than the third week in November this will be corrected and returned. FINAL drafts must be handed in by the FIRST week in February. 

**WARNING** Do NOT hand in your drafts a few days before the deadline and pressure your teacher to mark and return it immediately to suit your needs. You will not be accommodated except in extraordinary circumstances, speak with your teacher if there is a problem. Be disciplined, MEET YOUR DEADLINES. If you hand in a research that your teacher has never seen before, this may be to your disadvantage and you may not get the marks you deserve. 




The S.B.A. is marked out of 40. This values 20% of the total marks. Your report must be between 1000 – 1200 words in length, this should include appropriate graphs and charts . Each task is allotted a certain number of marks. If you miss (omit) a task, the marks cannot be allotted                                                         (the SBA is marked for what is present in the document). 

There are nine (9) tasks: 

Task 1 –  State a problem in the form of a question.       (Statement of The Problem) 

Task 2 – Rational                                           (Reasons for Selecting the Area of Research) 

Task 3 –  State one method you will use to collect data   (Method of Investigation) 

Task 4 –  Design an appropriate instrument to collect the data (Instrument used to Collect Data) 

Task 5 –  Describe the procedure you need to collect data (Procedures Used to Collect Data) 

Task 6   Present and explain the data in three ways (Presentation and Explanation of Data) 

Task 7 –  Analyze and interpret the data in the form of the question asked in task 1  

(Analysis and Interpretation of data)  

Task 8 –  State three (3) findings  (Findings) 

Task 9 –   Give two (2) recommendations and suggestion based on your findings   

(Recommendations and Suggestions) 




  1. The Research must be collected in order of task, i.e. task 1, task 2 etc… 
  1. Do NOT Put fancy decorations all over the cover. Marks are not earned for extravagantly decorated folders. Your presentation says much about you, be neat and clean. 
  1. The following MUST be clearly visible on the outside of your folder: 


School   Based   Assessment 



Candidate #: 

Centre #: 






  1. Title Page: The title page comes immediately behind the cover page, it should have only the  

title in bold type  (Font size 14) 

  1. Acknowledgement: This should be brief, acknowledge the contribution of the named 

persons who contributed to the research NB Do not name buildings  

books etc…  

  1. Table of Contents: This should be placed after the title page and organized according to tasks
  2. The Research Theresearch must be typed in double spacing on one side of the 

paper  (letter sized white paper)Black/Blue ink should be used.  

Preferably black. All pages must be the same size and type; do not  

use half sheets or a mixture of typing paper and folder leaves. 

NB: Must be placed in a simple soft backed folder, stapled together with no loose leaves falling out. 


  1. Typing:  The font should be Times New Romans size 12. A smaller font  

may be used in a table. All print must be clear and easily read with  

no crossing out or anything spilt on the page. 

  1. Margins: Left margins must be 1.5”; top, right and bottom margins must be 

1” (inches) each. 



The Research 


Select a problem that affects the individual. The problem must be written in the form of a question drawn from section A, B or C of the syllabus. It may be based on social or economic processed, situations or problems in your school or immediate community. Topic must be specific, i.e. target a specific group in a specific area. 

Example: Topic – Social Problems caused by insane persons. 

If you chose the above topic, you need to now take this topic and construct a problem statement worded in such a way that you can go find answers for the question. So for the statement of the problem it could be:  

What are some of the social problems caused by insane persons in my community? 


How does the presence of insane persons on the street contribute to social problems in the lives of citizens in the community of Stadium Gardens? 

Research Questions/Aims:  

The research questions/aims are three broad questions which are supposed to guide you throughout the research. In collecting your data use them as guides.  These are the questions you will be trying to answer when the research is competed these questions must be answered. The research questions should be placed below your statement of the problem and focus on the cause, the effect and the solution/recommendations. 


Task 1 

Statement of the Problem 

How does the presence of insane persons on the street in the Stadium Gardens community contribute to social problems for residents? 

Research Questions 

  1.        What are some of the social problems caused by insane persons?  (Cause) 
  1.        How does the problem impact the lives of residents?                      (Effect) 
  1. What can be done to correct this problem? (Solution) 



Task 2 

Rationale (Reasons for selecting the Area of Research) 

In this section you must write a short paragraph explaining how you became aware of this problem and the reason for doing the research you hope to reveal in the research (in about 5 – 6 sentences) 

Task 3 

Method of Investigation 

State one method that you will use to collect the data for the research and justify/give two advantaged of the method chosen. You can use questionnaires, interviews observation and other text/non-text material. 

Task 4 

Instrument Used to Collect Data 

Design your instrument it should be relevant for the topic chosen. If it is a: 

Questionnaire –  Construct a questionnaire 

Interview –  Questions you will ask in the interview 

Observation –  Observation checklist etc…  

Task 5 

Procedure Used to Collect Data 

Describe how you chose your you sample location, # of persons in the sample, their gender, age group, civil status etc… ; how the instrument was given to them how they returned  (if it is a questionnaire) observation checklist length of interview etc… 

Task 6 

Presentation and Explanation of Data 

Present the data in three forms these can be: graphs, charts, tables, pictographs etc… the data must be a representation of data which is answered in a question . identify the question which the data represents. White a short sentence below the figure explaining what it is depicting. Eg: Fig. 1 is a bar graph showing etc…  

Task 7 

Analysis and Interpretation of Data 

Interpret the data in terms of the research questions try to give an answer ad build a discussion around your answer. Draw on your previous presentation in task 6 give credibility to your discussion. Discuss what your findings reveal. 

Task 8 


Write three (3) statements/sentences on what you have found from the investigation of the problem. 

Task 9 

Recommendation and Implementation of Strategy 

Write two (2) recommendations that suggest ways to find solution to the problem in task 1.Suggest measures as to how you would implement one of the recommendations you / you suggest. 


List any source you have consulted. Materials should be listed in alphabetical order. 


BeddoeB. Bernard. L (et al) Social studies For the Caribbean CXC core limits and options 

HeinemannLondo, 1996. 


Glossary  (if necessary) 

Any terms used throughout the research that is not standard English must be explained since a word used in your country might have a different meaning in other parts of the region. 

Appendix (if necessary) 

Samples of pamphlets, photographs, newspaper clippings maybe included in this section. These should be dated where possible. 


Cover page with appropriate information 


Title page. {Title must be bold Font size 14. Nothing  else should be on this page} 




Table of Contents 


Components – All nine (9) tasks attempted each  done on a separate page. 




Appendix – (if applicable) 


Spelling – {Run a spell check on the document or ask  someone to check it for you} 


Vocabulary – Write your research in the third  person. We/I is not accepted. “The researcher” should be used throughout the document 


Final Copy The researcher must staple or otherwise firmly secure entire document and  place in a simple soft back folder 



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