Module 01 Assignment – Analyze and Critique Research
Module 01 Content
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You have spent some time in this module, learning how to select, analyze, and critique educational research; it’s now time to apply those skills.

Think back to the questions from Selecting, Analyzing, and Critiquing Research. Through this assignment you will demonstrate your understanding of how to select, analyze, and critique research.

For this assignment:
1. Identify a quality early childhood education research article online from a quality source (as discussed on the Selecting, Analyzing, and Critiquing Research page in this module) that was written within the past 3 years.
2. Using proper grammar and correct spelling, write a 2 paper analyzing and critiquing the article using the questions above. Do not simply answer the questions with a “yes” or “no” response; answers should demonstrate knowledge, application, and analysis skills. (This paper should not be a summary of the findings but rather a thorough look at the research itself.)
3. Include information on how you determined the research was from a quality source.
4. Include an APA formatted reference page.

Keep these questions in mind and remain critical when reviewing research. A thorough review is important for determining whether research is credible and valuable. Without quality research, early childhood professionals cannot advance the field.

Evaluating Quantitative Research
When evaluating quantitative research, ask yourself these questions:
• What is the source? Is it credible? Is it from a scholarly or professional source?
• Is it written well? Is the grammar correct? Does the author avoid using jargon? Does the author write clearly and logically?
• Are the researchers qualified in the area they are researching?
• Is the purpose clearly stated? Can you easily identify the objective?
• Is there a literature review with a balanced analysis of primarily recent literature?
• Has a conceptual or theoretical framework been identified and described?
• Is a research question or hypothesis identified?
• Was the target population selected and treated in an ethical manner? Is it large enough?
• Is the methodology described? Is it a valid way to study the problem? Could the study be duplicated based on the description?
• Was the hypothesis supported? Did the author discuss the strengths and limitations of the study?
• Does the study match the stated objective?
• Did the author recommend research to be completed in the future?
• Is an accurate reference list included?

Evaluating Qualitative Research
When evaluating qualitative research, ask yourself these questions:
• What is the source? Is it credible? (Is it from a scholarly or professional source?)
• Is it written well? (Is the grammar correct? Does the author avoid using jargon? Does the author write clearly and logically?)
• Are the researchers qualified in the area they are researching?
• Are the purpose, objectives, and research question identified?
• Is there an organized literature review with a balanced analysis of primarily recent literature?
• Has an appropriate conceptual or theoretical framework been identified and described?
• Has an appropriate philosophical approach been identified and described?
• Was a rationale for the study design identified?
• Was an appropriate sampling method and sample size identified? Was the sample appropriate for the research?
• Was the target population selected and treated in an ethical manner?
• Are data collection strategies and the strategies to analyze the data described?
• Does the author describe results and limitations of the study?
• Does the author identify conclusions such as the relevance and implications of the findings? Do the findings address the original purpose of the research? Does the author describe implications for future research?
• Is an accurate reference list included?

Submit your completed assignment to the drop box below.

Scoring Rubric: Module 01 Assignment – Analyze and Critique Research
• Criteria: Research source is from a quality online source (e.g., .gov or .education source): Points: 15
• Criteria: Research was written within the past 3 years: Points: 10
• Criteria: Proper grammar and correct spelling are used in the paper: Points: 5
• Criteria: Paper is 1-2 pages long: Points: 5
• Criteria: Paper identifies how research source was determined to be quality: Points: 10
• Criteria: Paper analyzes and critiques research article with an in-depth review based on questions from assignment introduction: Points: 10
• Criteria: Review demonstrates knowledge, application, and analysis skills: Points: 40
• Criteria: Reference page using APA format is included: Points: 5
Total: 100\

Module 1 Content Module 1 Assignment – Analyze and Critique Research

1.

You’ve spent some time in this module studying how to choose, assess, and critique educational research; now it’s time to put what you’ve learned into practice.

Consider the questions from the section on Choosing, Analyzing, and Critiquing Research. You will demonstrate your awareness of how to select, analyze, and critique research in this assignment.

For this assignment:

1. Identify a quality early childhood education research article online from a quality source (as discussed on the Selecting, Analyzing, and Critiquing Research page in this module) that was written within the past 3 years.

2. Using proper grammar and correct spelling, write a 2 paper analyzing and critiquing

Module 1 Content Module 1 Assignment – Analyze and Critique Research

1.

You’ve spent some time in this module studying how to choose, assess, and critique educational research; now it’s time to put what you’ve learned into practice.

Consider the questions from the section on Choosing, Analyzing, and Critiquing Research. You will demonstrate your awareness of how to select, analyze, and critique research in this assignment.

For this task, you must:

1. Find a recent three-year-old quality early childhood education research paper online from a reputable source (as indicated on the Selecting, Analyzing, and Critiquing Research page in this module).