Assignment 2: Article Critique Access the article, â??Reflecting on Practice: Using Learning Journals in Higher and Continuing Educationâ? (Titled Module 2_Langerâ??s Article for Critique.pdf) from the Shared Documents area.Supplemental documents in Shared Documents provide guidance, in complementary but slightly different ways. The â??Suggestions for Writing Organized Papersâ?? document emphasizes how to organize and write an article critique. The ‘Writing a Critique for a Journal Article’ handout emphasizes the purpose for writing an article critique, naming and describing the 5 elements that make up most research articles. The third piece is a sample introductory paragraph, where the author’s purpose for writing an article critique and a map that clearly identifies the 5 basic parts of a research article, are clearly shown. Your purpose statement is specific to the Langer (2002) article, so it will, of course, have different content. You might state your purpose somewhat like this: â??The purpose of this article critique is to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the Langer (2002) article.â? This could be followed by naming the 5 parts of a research article, and then you would have also created a map.You can download all these documents, as well as the Scoring Rubric for this assignment, to Microsoft Word. Print copies and refer to them not just for this journal critique but for other assignments throughout this course.
Suggestions for Writing Organized Papers identifies the 3 basic parts: Introduction, Body, and Conclusion of all the assignments you will do [and all effective writing]. These 3 parts may contain somewhat different material depending upon the assignment. The details of how to apply the parts specifically to a research article critique are bolded.
Writing a Critique of a Journal Article states the basic purpose for writing a research article critique: to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each of the 5 elements, also giving you questions to guide your understanding.
Article Critique Sample Introductory Paragraph with purpose statement and map
Note: Your analysis of the 5 elements form the Body of your paper, while your purpose, to critique the article, analyzing its strengths and weaknesses, is stated in the Introduction.All research articles contain these 5 elements, in this order, generally:
Research Question/Problemâ??and, generally, the author’s Purpose for writing the article
Literature Review and/or a Theoretical/Conceptual Foundation
Methodologyâ??data collection and data analysis section
Results or Findings
Discussion or Implications.
Download the assigned article. Look for the elements and mark them, if that is helpful, reflect on what you read, thinking of how you would analyze each part’s strengths and weaknesses. What is unclear? What is unanswered? What more would you have liked to know?Because reading and analyzing journal articles may be new territory for you, a few points about this article might be helpful:
The Research Question and Purpose are located early in the Introduction. [note: while all articles have an introduction, it is not usually labeled, as such];
While not called Conceptual Framework, the section titled ‘The Concept of Reflection in Learning’ actually is that, while the Literature Review is called ‘The Uses of Learning Journals.’
What is usually called ‘Methodology’ is called ‘Research Methods’, while
the Results or Findings in this article are quite long and contains a number of sub headings;
the Discussion/Implications is broken into 2 parts in this article called ‘Implications and Conclusions,’ though you could put them in a single, heading.
Assignment Directions:Submit a double-spaced, three-four-page paper in Microsoft Word with the following parts:
An Introductory paragraph that states the author’s last name, date, and the central focus of the article. Then in this same paragraph: write a purpose or thesis statementâ??that is your purpose or intent in writing this critique [WHAT] and a brief ‘map’ or ‘preview’ statement of the 5 elements you intend to develop in the body, to support your purpose. Do not title the section as the Introduction.
A Body that breaks the 5 elements of a research article into Level Two headers, starting the first sentence of each paragraph with a topic sentence that focuses on the strengths and/or weaknesses of that element. Be sure to support each point with evidence from the articleâ??quotes, paraphrases [See Citations, APA, Ch 6 to check how to do this].
A Conclusion that restates your purpose and summarizes the article’s overall strengths and weaknesses. You might also discuss briefly what you learned from this article and in what ways you found it interesting or useful to do this first article critique.
Include a Title page that contains your critique’s title and related information [See APA, p. 41]. Page 2, at the top, should contain the centered paper title again centered.
Include a Reference page, fully citing the article, using APA Guidelines [References, Ch. 7] and other chapters as needed for editorial style, expression of ideas and format of text.
Then, finally, consider these points:
Use direct quotes sparinglyâ??cite accurately, with quotation marks, etc.
For any paraphrases, be sure to give credit to the author.
Use correct grammar, spellcheck and proofread your paper.
By the due date assigned, submit your analysis and critique of a journal article to the Submissions Area. Name your file W7000_M2_A2_lastname_firstinitial.doc.All written assignments and responses should follow APA style in formatting and attributing sources.Please make sure you review the elements of the grading criteria and associated points carefully and make sure your assignment has addressed all the elements and in enough detail to merit full points.
Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
Writing is clear, coherent, and, fluid. It links ideas back to previously mentioned ideas. Writing also contains appropriate, consistent transitions between paragraphs.
Paragraphs are well developed and appropriate: there are strong topic sentences, clear ideas that naturally lead reader through the writing. Structure is logical.
Writing style is concise, engaging, insightful, and focused. It has clarity, depth, coherence, which strongly support the purpose of the writing.
Tone is consistently formal. Rhetoric reflects a clear understanding of and directly appeals to audience by using appropriate terminology and background knowledge of the audience.
Writing is basically error free in terms of mechanics. Grammar and mechanics help establish a sound scholarly argument and aid the reader in following the writerâ??s logic.
Summarized key points and demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources.
Reflection explained what was new in the article, views about the way the author conducted the research, and difficulties or frustrations faced in completing this assignment.
Correct use of APA format, inclusive of citations, references, and correct levels of headings.
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