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Organizing and Comparing Research Articles

Use the Cybrary to choose and evaluate at least two educational research journal articles that discuss similar research problems (for example, one of your research articles may discuss 4th grade reading comprehension after school programs and another one may discuss 4th grade reading class motivational tactics) . The articles you select should contain the following core components: Introduction, Literature Review, Methods, Results, and Discussion. Compare and contrast these articles.

Write a 4 - 5 page graduate level, APA-formatted paper that addresses the following:

What are the focuses/topics of the articles you have selected?
What is the primary research question or hypothesis of this research project? How are they different?
Discuss the research articles the authors cite in the articles. Do you think one author has a better literature review than the other? Why or why not?
Discuss any differences or similarities in the perspectives presented in each article.
Compare how the two articles collected the data.
Were the studies valid and reliable?
In your opinion, which study proved its conclusion more effectively? Why?

I am having a hard time period, but to begin I don't even have a clue as to what two things I should research let alone how to affectively communicate what is being asked here. I need to understand clearly how to break this down.

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I have numbered the points you listed in your posting (see below).

1. What are the focuses/topics of the articles you have selected?
2. What is the primary research question or hypothesis of this research project? How are they different?
3. Discuss the research articles the authors cite in the articles. Do you think one author has a better literature review than the other? Why or why not?
4. Discuss any differences or similarities in the perspectives presented in each article.
5. Compare how the two articles collected the data.
6. Were the studies valid and reliable?
7. In your opinion, which study proved its conclusion more effectively? Why?

Let's start at the beginning with selecting your articles. Consider the classes and or units you have studied so far. Do any stand out in terms of interest? For example, I imagine you have covered such things as curriculum design, classroom management, assessment and evaluation, etc. Any of these (or something in these areas) would get you started with number 1 (identifying the focus-topic). Look for such article subjects in your library search (the librarians are always helpful in suggesting keyword searches. In answering ...

Solution Summary

This solution outlines how to concisely compare and contrast academic journal articles. Step by step, it covers searching for articles, identifying components such as focus and hypothesis, points for consideration when assessing the literature review and methodology, and finally suggestions for organizing your final paper.

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