Journal Article Critique

The second journal article critique will draw heavily upon the skills learned from the first one. This critique will also serve as the final exam. Using recent literature (2011 or later) from a professional area of interest, each student will identify a second quantitative study article to critique. Following the process learned in critique #1, students will complete an additional individual critique for submission during exam week. Articles must be drawn from peer-reviewed, ACA publications and critiqued using the template provided (See Appendix A for guidelines and grading rubric). Papers are to be 9-12 pages in length (not including title page, abstract, and references) and should follow APA format. Papers exceeding the page limit requirement may be returned unread and a late penalty may be assessed. Final exam critiques should be submitted to the DIGITAL DROP BOX in Brightspace. Please submit a hardcopy of your critique article to the instructor by the designated date. Student grades will be reduced by 1% for each day beyond the hardcopy due date. This is the format that it needs to follow, all the questions that need to be answered, as well as the article to be critiqued. Considerations for Critiquing Research Articles 1. Title a. Did the title describe the study? b. Did the key words of the title serve as key elements of the article? c. Was the title concise, e. g. fee of distracting or extraneous phrases? 2. Abstract a. Did the abstract summarize the study’s purpose, methods, and findings? b. Did the abstract reveal the independent and dependent variables under study? c. Were there any major premises or findings presented in the article that were not mentioned in the abstract? d. Did the abstract provide you with sufficient information to determine whether you would be interested in reading the entire article? 3. Introduction a. Was the research problem clearly identified? b. Is the problem significant enough to warrant the study that was conducted? c. Is the conceptual framework of the study appropriate in light of the research problem? d. Do the author’s hypotheses and/or research questions seem logical considering the conceptual framework and research problem? e. Are hypotheses and research questions clearly stated? Are they directional? f. Overall, does the literature review lead logically into the Methods section? 4. Method a. Is the sample clearly described in terms of size, relevant characteristics, selection, and assignment of procedures, and whether any inducements were used to solicit the subjects? b. Do the instruments described seem appropriate as measures of the variables under study? c. Have the authors included sufficient information about the psychometric properties (e. g. reliability and validity) of the instruments? d. Are the materials used in conducting the study or in collecting the data clearly described? e. Are the study’s scientific procedures thoroughly described in chronological order? f. Is the design of the study identified (or made evident)? g. Do the design and procedures seem appropriate in light of the research problem, conceptual framework, and research questions/hypotheses? h. Overall, does the method section provide sufficient information to replicate the study? 5. Results a. Is the results section clearly written and well organized? b. Are date coding and analysis appropriate in light of the study’s design and hypotheses? c. Are reported results connected directly to the hypotheses? d. Are tables and figures clearly labeled? Well organized? Necessary (non-duplicative of text)? 6. Discussion and Conclusion a. Are the strengths and limitations of the study delineated? b. Are findings discussed in terms of the research problem, conceptual framework, and hypotheses? c. Are implications for future research and/or the specific study population identified? d. Are the author’s general conclusions warranted considering the reported results? 7. References a. Is the reference list sufficiently current? b. Do works cited reflect the breadth of existing literature regarding the topic of this study? c. Are bibliographic citations used appropriately in the text? 8. General Impressions a. Is the article well written and organized? b. Does the study address an important problem for counseling? c. What are the most important things you learned from this article? d. What do you see as the most compelling strengths of this study? Weaknesses? e. How might this study be improved?