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UOP PSY 326 Week 3 Assignment Critique of a Research
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Week 3 assignment
Reread the full text of the study you selected in Week One.
Evaluate the study and write a critique, using the textbook and
relevant journal articles to support your analysis of the study.
Use the following section headings and content in your paper.
I. Introduction
• State the purpose of the paper. Clearly identify the study
being critiqued, by title and authors. Summarize the research
question, hypothesis (if a quantitative study), and background
information on the topic from the study’s literature review. Did
the authors present a well-balanced summary of current
knowledge about the topic? Is there any apparent bias in the
literature review?
II. Methods
• Differentiate the research design (experimental or nonexperimental) and approach (qualitative or quantitative),
sampling method, and data collection methods. Indicate the
sample size, variables and measures (if a quantitative study),
statistical tests (if a quantitative study), coding and analysis

procedures (if a qualitative study), and any assumptions made
by the researchers. Were the procedures chosen appropriate
for the study? What alternative methods would you suggest?
III. Ethical Aspects
• Analyze ethical issues pertaining to this study. Did the
researchers explicitly address ethical issues in the article? If
not, was there evidence in the report that the participants’
safety and confidentiality were protected? Was an approval
process by an Institutional Review Board or similar ethics
review committee mentioned? Were any of the practices
ethically questionable (deception, coercion, etc.)?
IV. Results
• Present a summary of the results of the analysis performed in
the study. Did the authors keep their interpretations and
conclusions separate from the analysis results (evidence)?
V. Discussion and Conclusion
• Analyze and critique the conclusions drawn by the
researchers. Do the conclusions follow logically from the
results of the analysis? Evaluate the overall efficacy of the
research study by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of
aspects of its design and implementation. Identify the
limitations noted by the researchers and add any limitations
you see that were not mentioned in the article. Describe the
directions for future research proposed by the authors and
evaluate their appropriateness. Recommend at least one idea
for a future study that will overcome some of the limitations of
this study. Keep in mind that this suggested future study will
serve as the basis for your Final Paper.
Your paper should be four to six pages in length (excluding title
and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as
outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Utilize a minimum of
five sources that were published within the last 10 years and
are documented in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing
Center. These sources should include the article being

critiqued, at least three peer-reviewed journal articles, and the
course textbook. It is recommended that you visit the Research
Methods research guide in the Ashford University Library for
suggested articles, as well as searching for articles in the
Library’s databases.


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