Home Up Critiques Example 1 Example 2 Final Exam

Research Design in Occupational Education
Copyright 1997. James P. Key. Oklahoma State University
Except for those materials which are supplied by different departments of the University
(ex. IRB, Thesis Handbook) and references used by permission.



In order to be of greatest value, critiques should be:

From the following sources (at least one of each type)

A graduate RESEARCH STUDY (Dissertation, Thesis, or Report)

A RESEARCH STUDY reported in a professional or research journal

Written (not more than three pages single spaced, typed) in the formal research manner in third person past tense
Done on at least three (3) research studies. If you receive an A or B on three critiques, you are through critiquing. If you receive an I on any critique, you must correct it or do another to a total of six.

A. Bibliographical Entry:

1. Book Entry - author, date, title, location, publisher.

Bernstein, T.M. (1965). The careful writer: A modern guide to English usage. New York: Atheneum.

2. Journal Entry - author, date, title, source, volume, number, pages.

Spetch, M.L., & Wilkie, D.M. (1983). Subjective shortening: A model of pigeons’ memory for even duration. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 9(2), 14-30.

3. Graduate Study Entry - author, date, title, unpublished doctoral dissertation, institution, location.

Devins, G.M. (1981). Helplessness, depression, and mood in endstage renal disease. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, McGill University, Montreal.

According to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (American Psychological Association. (1994). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.).Washington, DC: Author.) format or the format required by your institution or department.

APA Style Guide 1
APA Style Guide 2

B. Problem: Why this study needed to be done! (Researcher’s words or summarized.)

1. Clearly and concisely stated?

2. Agrees with the title?

3. Educational significance?

C. Purpose: What this study was going to do about the problem!

(Researcher’s words or summarized.)

1. Clearly stated?

2. Concisely stated?

3. Agrees with problem and title?

4. Limited to researcher's capabilities and resources?

D. Objectives: Specific actions to be accomplished to achieve the purpose.

(Researcher’s words or summarized.)

1. Achievable? [Research Questions (Answerable?) or Hypotheses (Testable?)]

2. Inclusive? (Includes enough objectives to accomplish purpose)

3. Exclusive? (Does not include objectives unrelated to purpose)

4. Will help solve the problem?

E. Review Of Literature: What has been said, written, or done by others concerning this problem (List section subtitles or topics included by the researcher or which should have been included if the review was not subtitled.)

1. Well organized? Section subtitles? Summarized?

2. Quotes and paraphrases appropriate?

3. Blended thought trains?

4. Reference citations correct (APA Manual*)?

5. Practical reasoning included?

6. Theoretical reasoning included?

7. Similar studies cited?

8. Direct and indirectly related literature included?

9. Complete?

F. Procedures: Methods used to gather and analyze information needed to achieve the purpose. (Researcher’s words or summarized.)

1. Research design adequate?

2. Data gathering procedures clearly explained?

3. Instrument and development described?

4. Population and/or sample adequate?

5. Situation explained?

6. Statistical techniques described?

G. Findings: A report of the results or information gathered by the study

(In your words.)

1. Objectively reported?

2. Tables and/or charts well designed? Stand alone? Clear titles?

3. Narrative clear? Stands alone?

4. Statistical results correct?

H. Summary: A short, clear summarization of the findings. (In your words.)

1. Short summary?

2. Clear summary?

3. Summary table included?

4. Objectively reported?

I. Conclusions: The meaning of the findings. (In your words.)

1. A conclusion included for each pertinent finding?

2. The basis for the conclusion given?

3. Conclusions related to the literature included?

4. Conclusions related to logic included?

5. Conclusions logically stated?

J. Recommendations: Action recommended based on the conclusions. (Meaning of the findings; Summarized by you.)

1. A recommendation included for each pertinent conclusion?

2. The basis (rationale) for the recommendation given?

3. Recommendations related to further research included?

4. Recommendations clearly stated?

K. List of references: A bibliography of references cited in the study.

1. Format consistent (APA Manual)?

2. All references included were cited in the study?

3. Current as well as older references included?

4. From a variety of sources? Books, Journals, Graduate studies?

L. Overall Critique Of The Study:

1. Overall Strengths

2. Overall Weaknesses

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