Critiquing journal articles provides you with a first-hand experience into the world of research. When we review the works of others who have contributed to our area of interest or field, we ascertain and gain knowledge of past and current research issues and concerns in a particular area. This is also a very important task that you should learn to do, that will prepare and provide you with the ability to compose a "Literature Review" as a necessary component of a thesis and/or dissertation.
Now you will need to select the article you are going to critique and then follow the steps in the reference I have provided for you below. There are additional resources you may choose to review and I will attach those as a file for your convenience. If this is a first-time experience for you, I will gladly review your critique after you have completed it. There is multifarious information on your topic. Select your article and follow the steps outlined in the reference below:
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So your assignment is to critique a journal article. This handout will give you a few guidelines to follow as you go. But wait, what kind of a journal ...
This lesson provides the learner with an awareness of how to critique a journal article. A step-by-step outline is presented in the referenced material. Critiquing journal articles provides the student with a very essential element in the research process.
Empirical Scholarly Journal Article Critique
A reader should be able to understand your critique without having to read the original published study. Therefore, you will need to briefly summarize the study. However, your analysis must go beyond this summary! Consider the following questions in your analysis clearly, succinctly, and in your own words. Be sure to support your statements with thorough explanations and cited references.
Your critique will include the following:
1.Bibliographic Entry for the article in APA format. (Do not copy the whole reference list. Simply create a reference list entry for your article.)
2.Start with a summary of the article. This does not mean copy word for word or explain every detail. No direct quotes should be included.
1.Question being investigated and why the authors think it is interesting
2.Hypothesis being tested, and how it was operationalized (i.e., methodology: independent and dependent variables, control conditions, etc.)
3.Summary of the findings, and how the authors interpreted them
4.The conclusions presented by the authors.
The summary should be 2 pages in length.
3.Discuss the merits as well as deficits of the article:
1.Do you think that they asked the question right, and is it an interesting question?
2.Is the hypothesis testable, and does the operationalization make sense? Were the independent and dependent variables well-chosen?
3.Was the report of the findings complete and clear? Do you agree with the interpretations? Why or why not.
4.Was there enough support for the conclusions?
If you see deficits, always clarify what would be a better approach. This section of the critique should be 2- 3 pages in length
4.Making connections: Does the article add to knowledge in the field? Is it well-balanced or is there bias in the findings? Are there unanswered questions in your mind? What future research would you suggest and why?
This section of the critique should be 1 page in length
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