Research Article Critique Assignment
(link 1) an introduction on how to read research (read this first)
How to Read Research
Quoted from McMillian, J. and Schumacher, S. (1997). Research in education: A conceptual introduction (4th edition), pp 47-74. NY: HarpersCollins College Publishers.
Research is reported in a variety of ways, most commonly as a published article or as a paper delivered at a conference. The purpose of the report is to indicate clearly what the researcher has done, why it was done, and what it means. To do this effectively, researchers use a more or less standard format. The format is similar to the process of conceptualizing and conducting the research. Since the process of doing research is different for quantitative as compared to qualitative approaches, there are differences in the reporting formats used for each approach. Thus, we will review the basic formats for reporting research for each approach separately.
When reading research it is important to judge the overall credibility of the study. This judgement is based on an evaluation of each of the major sections of the report. Each part of the report contributes to the overall credibility of the study. Thus, following a description of the format of each type of research we introduce guidelines that are useful in evaluating each section of the report.


The guidelines or standards to use to evaluate research include:

(link 1) how to read research
(link 2) how to read quantitative research
(link 3) standards of adequacy for true experimental designs, quasi-experimental designs, and single-subject designs;
(link 4) standards of adequacy for descriptive research, correlational research, survey research, and ex post facto research;
(link 5) standards of adequacy for a narrative literature review (use these criteria to critique a literature review chapter in a dissertation);
(link 6) standards of adequacy for qualitative designs--case studies
(link 7) standards of adequacy for ethnographic methodology
(link 8) credibility standards for analytical research such as historical and legal studies
(link 9) guidelines for a research proposal (these basic guidelines should be used to constructively critique your research proposal in this course and by reviewers of your future research proposals).