Assignment 1 - Review of a science education research article
Prof. Brian Murfin
Due on 10/2/2012
10 points possible
LOCATING PUBLISHED RESEARCH
INTERPRETING AND SUMMARIZING PUBLISHED RESEARCH
(Read Chaps. 1, 4, Mertler & Charles)
1) Using a database in CUNY + or other reference
system, find a journal article in an area of science
education research interest that you might consider for possible
study this semester. Save a pdf version of the article or
scan it, and then post it on the discussion board in BlackBoard
as an attachment.
2) For your study or report answer as many of the sections
below as possible. See Chaps 1 and 2 for definition of terms
a. Title of study and the journal (name, vol., m/yr
of publication, pages) (1)
b. Type of study: 1.
Qualitative or quantitative (1)
2. Method: Experimental or non-experimental, other.
If “other” why not experimental or
c. What was the research problem? Purpose of the study?
Data sources? (1)
d. Analysis of data: How were the data
collected? How were the data analyzed? (1)
Describe the data in your study. Make use of the
following terms: (1)
measures, if any, were used?
Measures of central tendency B Mean, median, mode
Other: Standard deviation, percentiles, frequencies,
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?
e.g. coefficient of correlation r (Y/N)
Qualitative: Results were simply
described without arithmetical references.
Survey or questionnaire reports; interview case studies;
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 should be posted on the discussion board in
In your write-up, please conclude with a critique:
3) In your opinion, did the study adequately answer the
question or problem it set out to investigate? Please cite
evidence for your answer.
4) What are the strengths of the study? (1)
5) What are the weaknesses of the study? (1)
6) How could this study be improved? (1)
10 points total