BA in education,
module name : understanding education: research and researching
Critical Reading of a Quantitative Research Article
You are to write a 1200 word report (±10%, so anything
between 1080 and 1320 words) critically reviewing the
following research paper
teachers: Do they practice what they preach? Early
Childhood Research Quarterly, 12(3), 305-325.
of the article you are reviewing
methods (you may use the questions we adapted from
Greenhalgh & Taylor in session 6 – see overleaf)
which have been used in relation to the context and the
type of data which has been recorded. Have the authors
justified their approach?
studies that have been conducted in education to support
your views. (E.g. if you feel that the author used an
inappropriate test or didn’t do the right “checking tests”
– use your lecture notes and other sources to explain
find the results interesting, convincing, well-justified?
You might also consider what you have learned from the
authors’ report which might have implications for your
future quantitative research.
* See next page
The aim of this task is for you to critically explore at least
some elements of the authors’ quantitative approach. It is
recommended that you briefly summarise how the authors’
methods might complement or support each other.
You can use these questions as sub-headings if you wish.
Explain that you are doing so when introducing the report
(cite the EDU202 Powerpoint slides or explain how these
are adapted from Greenhalgh & Taylor).
PLEASE NOTE: You are not required to address all of these questions or all of the methods used in the paper.
educational issue addressed via a clearly formulated
has this been taken into account?
(How have the authors’ positionality or epistemological
beliefs around quantitative methods been declared or
collecting data and are these described in enough detail?
analyse the data and what quality control measures were
implemented? (Assumption checks like Shapiro-Wilk
justified by the results?
other educational settings?
how I will approach reading or reporting quantitative
research in future?
Notes on referencing:
Include the full reference for the paper you are reviewing at
the end of the task. You don’t need to keep referencing it
within the text itself, instead just use page numbers (p. 4) to indicate where you are referring to parts of the paper.
When you use other sources like methods texts or other
research, reference them as usual with a citation in the text
(Connolly, 2001, p. 43) and an entry in the reference list at the
end of the task.
Notes on advanced methods:
Some of the papers may involve statistical techniques that you
have not yet covered.
You can still review these papers using the questions
above! You can comment on how clearly the author has
explained the purpose and appropriateness of their chosen
method. You can also consider how clearly the author has
reported their results.
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