QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH PAPER ANALYSIS PAPER

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Using the WilmU library database or value internet database, you must select a research article from established, professional, peer reviewed journals that reflects quantitative research relevant to human services that was conducted in the U.S. after 2002.

Only an article using quantitative research should be used, this means that the research should be using experiments and/or a survey to collect their data. Observations or Interviews are Qualitative Methods and need to be avoided. Ideally, the research should focus on intervention such as programs (no clinical trials) which have practical applications to programs delivered through human services organizations – including community-based, nonprofit, schools, public sector, or faith-based organizations. Only original quantitative research should be used; not on opinion, assessment or summary article of previous research.

*Tip: Try to build towards your final project by reviewing an article which can be used as a reference for your Outcomes Measurement Plan & Logic Model Final Project.

FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT:

  • Use the attached form for analyzing the research.
  • Cite each article in APA format and provide a sufficient explanation to demonstrate that the research is quantitative.
  • Submit by end of the week Sunday 11:59 PM EST.

RESOURCES FOR ASSIGNMENT:

 

QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH PAPER ANALYSIS PAPER

What is the assignment?

  • You must select a peer-reviewed research article from established, professional journals which must reflect quantitative research.
  • The research must be relevant to human services programs and services. Each article is to be reviewed, analyzed and summarized according to criteria below.
  • Using the library database resources, find an appropriate article using a quantitative methodology
  • You will then use the form below to critically analyze the article
  • Finally, write up the a 4 page paper summarizing your analysis
  • Papers must be exactly 4 pages of text, PLUS a cover sheet, your form and reference sheet
  • This assignment is worth 100 points and 10% of final grade.

 

How is this assignment related to your future career?

  • The ability to look for answers is an important exercise which this paper will give you the opportunity to do.
  • Critical reflection and thinking is a skill which is required in your field. This paper allows for practice of this skill.

What are the requirements of this assignment? 

  1. Cite the article.

 

  1. Identify the research dimensions:
    -Purpose (exploratory, descriptive, or explanatory)
    -Use (basic or applied)
    -Time (cross-sectional or longitudinal)
    -Data (quantitative or qualitative)

    3.  Summarize the article.

  2. Critically evaluate the article.

    5.  Discuss any ethical issues identified or the absence of discussion of ethical issues.

How will this assignment be graded? The following rubric will be used to grade this assignment.

 

 

 

 

Quant Experimental Research Analysis (Please attach to your paper)

Name:                                                                                                                  Date:                                                    

Article Citation – APA format (cite here):

 

 

  • The size of these boxes does not reflect a limited response; boxes expand as you enter narrative. Your responses should be comprehensive. Grammar, sentence structure, correct spelling, and clear writing are critical in assessing your response.
Research Construct(s) – What is the general “concept” being examined and measured?

Summarize the Purpose of the Research:

State in one sentence the research question.

State the research hypothesis.

Independent (cause) Variable – what is the program / intervention being manipulated by the experimenter to measure an effect: Dependent (effect) Variable – what are the changes expected and/or measured:
Summarize Experimental Design Features including (if these are not clearly identified, you probably did not select experimental research):
  • Subjects – how sampled, description / characteristics, why selected:
  • Size of treatment and control groups samples:
  • Describe the Methodology (i.e. pre-post test, time series, etc.)
What Instrument / Assessment Tools were used to measure the cause-effect relationship between the independent and dependent variables? (Specific pre/post-test, survey, standardized test, researcher-developed instrument, etc.)
Describe any identified or possible specific threats to internal validity (i.e. mortality, maturation, etc. – you don’t need to find an example of each). *Note: These were identified in the resources for Weeks 1 and 2.
Summary of Results – include and explain some specific measures / data that the researcher presented.
Summarize any ethical considerations (identified or plausible) and / or measures to protect human subjects (i.e. confidentiality, informed consent, etc.). In the absence of considerations stated by the researcher, you should provide and educated opinion.
Generalizability and Limitations: Based on the research design and methodology, how can or cannot the results be generalized to other populations, environments, etc.? What are the cautions about interpreting the results?
Practical Application -How can the information & results of this research apply to specific human services?

 

QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH PAPER ANALYSIS PAPER RUBRIC

 

 

 

DIMENSIONS

 

 

UNSATISFACTORY

 

0-14

 

 

MARGINAL

 

15

 

SATISFACTORY

 

16-17

 

GOOD

 

18

 

EXEMPLARY

 

19-20

 

1. Article

 

Score = ______

 

The student does not adequately describe the research article, does not demonstrate an understanding of the study’s purpose, does not show an understanding of the study within the context of other research on the topic, and does not show an understanding of the study within the context of other research in the Human Services field.   The student somewhat describes the research article, somewhat demonstrates an understanding of the study’s purpose, somewhat shows an understanding of the study within the context of other research on the topic, and somewhat shows an understanding of the study within the context of other research in the Human Services field.   The student correctly and adequately describes the research article and demonstrates an understanding of the study’s purpose, an understanding of the study within the context of other research on the topic, and an understanding of the study within the context of other research in the Human Services field.
 

2.  Research Methods

 

Score = ______

The student does not correctly describe the research method and the sequence of research steps that were part of the study.  The student does not show understanding of the research methods used, the reasons that the method and sequence were used, and the student did not analyze the appropriateness of the methods and did not note the strengths and weaknesses of the approach.   The student also does not show an understanding of the selected research methods in the context of the array of possible methods that could have been used.   The student somewhat describes the research method and the sequence of research steps that were part of the study.  The student somewhat shows understanding of the research methods used, the reasons that the method and sequence were used; and the student somewhat analyzes the appropriateness of the methods and somewhat notes the strengths and weaknesses of the approach.   The student somewhat shows an understanding of the selected research methods in the context of the array of possible methods that could have been used.   The student correctly describes the research method and the sequence of research steps that were part of the study.   The student shows understanding of the research methods used, the reasons that the method and sequence were used; and the student analyzes the appropriateness of the methods and notes strengths and weaknesses of the approach. The student also shows an understanding of the selected research methods in the context of the array of possible methods that could have been used.
 

3. Variables

 

Score = ______

 

The student does not correctly describe the variables, including independent and dependent variables.  The student does not show an understanding of the variables and the need to control and/or manipulate such variables in this type of study.  The student does not analyze the appropriateness of the controlled variables and does not note the other variables that could/should be in this or future studies.   The student somewhat describes the variables, including independent and dependent variables.  The student somewhat shows an understanding of the variables and the need to control and/or manipulate such variables in this type of study.  The student somewhat analyzes the appropriateness of the controlled variables and somewhat notes other variables that could/should be in this or future studies.   The student correctly describes the variables, including independent and dependent variables.  The student shows an understanding of the variables and the need to control and/or manipulate such variables in this type of study.  The student analyzes the appropriateness of the controlled variables and notes other variables that could/should be in this or future studies.
 

4.  Results

 

Score = ______

 

The student does not describe the results stated in the research article.  The student does not demonstrates an understanding of the results of the study, or an understanding of the results in the context of research methods used and in context of other research in this area of interest, and the student does not analyze the results in relationship to other research in this area.  The student does not identify the needs, if any, for additional research that would clarify and/or support the results.   The student somewhat describes the results stated in the research article.  The student somewhat demonstrates an understanding of the results of the study, an understanding of the results in the context of research methods used and in context of other research in this area of interest, and the student somewhat analyzes the results in relationship to other research in this area.  The student somewhat identifies the needs, if any, for additional research that would clarify and/or support the results.   The student correctly describes the results stated in the research article.  The student demonstrates an understanding of the results of the study, an understanding of the results in the context of research methods used and in context of other research in this area of interest, and the student analyzes the results in relationship to other research in this area.  The student identifies the needs, if any, for additional research that would clarify and/or support the results.
 

5.  Conclusions

 

Score = ______

 

The student does not correctly describe the conclusions stated by the researcher and  does not demonstrates an understanding of how the researcher reached the stated conclusions from the results obtained and does not demonstrates an understanding of the conclusions in relationship to the research methods used, the results obtained, and the nature of the research topic.  The student does not evaluate the logical connection between results and conclusions, and did not propose future research questions.   The student somewhat describes the conclusions stated by the researcher and somewhat demonstrates an understanding of how the researcher reached the stated conclusions from the results obtained and somewhat demonstrates an understanding of the conclusions in relationship to the research methods used, the results obtained, and the nature of the research topic.  The student somewhat evaluates the logical connection between results and conclusions, and somewhat proposes future research questions.   The student correctly describes the conclusions stated by the researcher and demonstrates an understanding of how the researcher reached the stated conclusions from the results obtained and demonstrates an understanding of the conclusions in relationship to the research methods used, the results obtained, and the nature of the research topic.  The student evaluates the logical connection between results and conclusions, and proposes future research questions.

 

 

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