Research Methods RSCH 6101
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111 Research 6101 Educational Research Methods Analyzing and Critiquing Research Instructions To understand and evaluate the research reports you read you must be able to analyze the research into its components and to critique these components by comparing them to the requirements of sound research practice This process will be done in steps each step represents a major component of the research report Provide complete answers and justi cations for the following general questions using the research article Fiedler CR amp Simpson RL 1987 Modifying the attitudes of nonhandicapped high school students toward handicapped peers Exceptional Children 53 342 349 Research problem A Cite the research problem investigated in the study B Does the problem 1 ask about a relationship among variables that can be tested empirically 2 have theoretical value 3 have practical value Literature review A Is the literature review 1 of adequate magnitude 2 uptodate 3 relevant to the problem 4 wellorganized 5 wellwritten B Does the researcher establish the signi cance of the problem C Can you suggest additional points that should have been discussed or points that should have been excluded Hypotheses A Were research hypotheses explicitly stated by the author If so state them B For each hypothesis is it directional 0r nondirectional 2 clear and understandable 3 supported by argument and previous research Variables What are the independent variables 1 Was each IV assigned or manipulated VI VII VIII IX evaluat For the independent variables that were manipulated a Was the description of the manipulation adequate for replication b Was any part confusing or poorly explained What are the dependent variables What were the author39s operational de nitions of the dependent variables 2 Did you nd these operational de nitions of the DVs adequate Were there any control variables If so what were they and why were they included Were there any variables that should have been included but were not If so list them and justify their inclusion Instrumentation For each measured dependent variable 1 What instrument was used to measure the variable 2 How reliable was this instrument Were data provided 3 How valid was this instrument for the research problem Were data provided Research design Was the design true quasi or nonexperimental Diagram the design Were any threats to internal validity not controlled Be speci c Were there any threats to the external validity of the experiment Be speci c To what population can the results be generalized WUOW Results A What were the results of the study Be brief and general Were the results clearly stated and wellorganized Did the author editorialize in the results section of the report B C Discussion Was the discussion 1 related to the literature reviewed 2 convincing 3 well written and organized Did the author state a conclusion If so what was it Did the author discuss the implications of the results for practice If so what were they Did the author make recommendations for additional research If so what were they 003 Make and overall evaluation of the study referring back to your speci c responses and ions to support your judgments Provide speci c recommendations for the improvement of this research