Research Proposal Requirements, Guidelines, & Grading Criteria (100 points)
An article review is a typed research paper (not questions/answers) that shows that you can read a psychological article and interpret its strengths and weaknesses. You must show that you are familiar with research designs, can interpret data, and evaluate the article. It should contain a summary of the article and your reaction/evaluation. Grammar will be taken into account for grading. Emailed copies are not accepted. You must submit on blackboard.
THE ARTICLE MUST BE A STUDY (A TRUE EXPERIMENT OR CORRELATIONAL STUDY). IT CANNOT BE A LITERATURE REVIEW (an article that just summarizes other articles) OR AN AUTHOR’S OPINION PAPER.
Part A: Summary
Summarize the article in your own words. Be sure to describe the research design, and give the pertinent and important information. You must find an article that is a true experiment or a correlational study and state which research design the article contains.
Part B: Reaction
Include your scientific observations about the article. Be sure to include all of the following:
Major strengths of the article/research design … how the study was conducted (not of the author’s writing style, graphs, etc.)
Major weaknesses of the article/research design … how the study was conducted (not of the author’s writing style, graphs, etc.)
Was this an ethical study and why/why not?
Was the participant sample of adequate size, composition, etc..
If an experimental design, identify the independent variable, dependent variable, experimental group, and control group
If a correlational design, was there a positive, negative, or zero correlation?
Overall, was this a sound (strong) study and why?
How could this experiment/study have been improved? What further studies could come from it?
This is an informal paragraph explaining any problems you may have encountered with the assignment, and sharing something that you learned from it. You may also include any explanations that you think I need regarding your work.
**Please include the web address of the article. This can be typed at the bottom of the last page of your article. I DO NOT WANT A COPY OF THE ARTICLE!
Submit Your paper which is from 3 to 5 pages including the reference page at the class room by:
ARTICLE REVIEW PLANNING SHEET
Research Design (complete A or B, depending on if your article is (A) an experiment or (B) a correlational study). Then complete ‘other information’ (strengths/weaknesses/sample/future studies)
A) Experiment : 30 points
Independent Variable –
Dependent Variable –
Experimental Group –
Control Group –
B) Correlational Study: 30 points.
Variables that have relationships (or do not have relationships)
Are correlations positive, negative, or zero? Explain.
Other information that must be included : 20 points
Strengths of how study was performed.
Weaknesses of how study was performed.