The paper should be three pages not including the title page. Points will be deducted if the paper is longer than four pages.
The critique should contain a title page, brief introduction and supporting paragraphs.
Includes title of the research article and author’s name(s),
, and date.
- In the opening sentences, introduce the research topic, including the rationale or purpose for conducting the research and its objectives. What question(s) is the researcher trying to answer? Include identification of independent and dependent variables.
- State the author’s hypothesis or research question(s)?
- Briefly state the research methodology. How did the researcher study the topic? Survey? Experiment? Statistical Analysis? A combination of methods?
An in-depth critique of the article(Discuss how well the research is conducted)
Consider the following: (Do not do include any checklists. This must be a narrative discussion)
Is the research problem clearly stated? Is it easy to determine what the researcher intends to research?
Has a research question or hypothesis been identified? Is it clearly stated? Is it consistent with discussion in the article’s introduction and purpose?
- Operational Definitions
Are all terms, theories, and concepts used in the study clearly defined?
Is the research design and methodology clearly identified? Has the data gathering instrument been described? Is the instrument appropriate? How was it developed? Were reliability and validity testing undertaken and the results discussed? Was a pilot study undertaken?
Also consider the following in your discussion:
- Was the population defined?
- What is the source of data used in the article?
- How the sample was selected (probability or nonprobability)? Was the size of the sample appropriate?
- Which descriptive statistics were used? Are they meaningful?
- If statistical analysis was conducted, was it appropriate and well defined?
- Do the tables and/or figures appropriately (or inappropriately) display the collected data?
- Are conclusions in the article backed up appropriately by the tables and statistics presented?
- If a hypothesis was identified was it supported? Were the strengths and limitations of the study including generalization discussed? Was a recommendation for further research made?
- Were all the books, journals and other media alluded to in the study accurately referenced?
Summing up your impressions is important:
- Considering all of your observations, is the article well or poorly researched?
- If you were to conduct the study, please explain the changes you could make to strengthen the validity of the study.
- Concluding remarks. Drive home the main thrust of your paper.