The Research Critique The purpose of the critique assignment is to give the students an opportunity to critically appraise (critique) a nursing research article. This assignment will examine how you identify and appraise components of a research study. This assignment is NOT a critique of the topic- it is a critique of the research process used. Your job is to critique or evaluate the quality of the research study itself- like you have been doing all semester! For example, is there enough evidence or what evidence do the researchers give to allow you to determine if sound research was conducted? For example, if a question asks “were the instruments reliable and valid for this population?” It is not sufficient to state only “yes” or “no”. You must support your opinion with information you learned in class (such as citing Cronbach alpha levels and/or construct validity or other measure / techniques that allowed you to determine if the instruments were reliable and/or valid). Think about everything we have talked about in class when you are formulating your answers to this assignment. By the end of this assignment, I need to see evidence that you understand the components of research and how they fit, or do not fit, together in your article. Dazzle me with your knowledge! You will be graded on how well you describe the components of research and how well you critique how the authors have conducted their study and presented it to the reader. Remember, not all research is good research. Students should select an article from their area of interest that is QUANTITATIVE and discusses one single study. Articles that look at multiple studies (meta-analysis, metasynthesis, etc.) are wonderful resources, but are not appropriate for this assignment, as we are learning to critique single studies. Articles that are qualitative are also wonderful resources, but they do not align with the critique guidelines for this assignment and are not appropriate here. Save those qualitative and specialty articles for your Research Synthesis Final Project. Review Practice Exercise 3Links to an external site. in the Nursing Research Guide/Library Module for guidance on how to find Quantitative studies. YOUR ARTICLE MUST BE QUANTITATIVE. The critique questions and the grading rubric are based on quantitative research. If you select a different article type, you will lose most of the available points on this assignment. In previous semesters, students using the wrong article type have earned less than 50% of possible points on this assignment. Some questions you may want to ask before proceeding with this assignment: While the formatting of that critique is written and your assignment will be a slide show, the content is similar. Please remember, you will most likely paraphrase information from your article in this assignment. A few short quotes are acceptable- if properly cited- but please do not rely too heavily on quotes as this does not tell the instructor that you understand and are able to interpret the questions being asked, only that you know how to cut and paste. Do This: 1. Read all instructions on this page, including rubric. Read example in the text. 2. Select a quantitative article. 3. Make sure it is QUANTITATIVE! 4. Create a slide presentation with content to correspond with the rubric. 5. Make sure APA formatting guidelines are followed. 6. Turn in via course dropbox. Requirements: Power Point 13 slides What is the research design and method of my study?
Appropriate: Randomized-controlled trial; descriptive survey; contains statistical analysis
Not appropriate: Qualitative, Interview, mixed-method, case report/study; expert opinion; multiple article review (meta-synthesis or meta-analysis) Appropriate: Randomized-controlled trial; descriptive survey; contains statistical analysis Not appropriate: Qualitative, Interview, mixed-method, case report/study; expert opinion; multiple article review (meta-synthesis or meta-analysis)
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