LOCATING PUBLISHED RESEARCH
INTERPRETING AND SUMMARIZING PUBLISHED RESEARCH
(Read Chaps. 1, 4, Mertler & Charles)
Using a database in CUNY +
or other reference system, find a published study in an area of
research interest that you might consider for possible study this semester.
If possible, make a hard copy of it or copy it to a disk.
For your study or report answer
as many of the sections below as possible. See Chaps 1 and 2
for definition of terms used (a-e).
a. Title of study and the journal
(name, vol., m/yr of publication, pages)
b. Type of study: 1. Qualitative or quantitative
c. What was the research problem?
Purpose of the study? Data sources?
d. Analysis of data: How was the data collected? How was the data analyzed?
Describe the data in your study. Make use of the following terms:
Quantitative: Which measures, if any, were used?
Measures of central tendency B Mean, median, mode
Other: Standard deviation, percentiles, frequencies, significance levels
Group comparison (if two/more different groups are examined, or if the same group
is studied under two or more different circumstances, was a statistical test used? (Y/N)
e.g. t-test, analysis of variance (ANOVA), analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) (Y/N)
Relationship of one variable in a group to another variable? (Y/N)
e.g. coefficient of correlation r (Y/N)
Qualitative: Results were simply described without arithmetical references.
Survey or questionnaire reports; interview case studies; verbal transcriptions
e. Identify: Theoretical framework of report/study, related studies or data cited in the
introduction providing background for study. This is often found at the beginning of the
research paper in the first section of the document. Describe sections found in the research
Note: Bring a copy or an outline of the sample study to class for discussion. A one-page response to the questions (a-e) responses due 9/19/07. (e-mail or hard copy).
In your write-up, please conclude with a critique: In your opinion, did the study adequately
answer the question or problem it set out to investigate? Please cite evidence for your answer.