Article Critique


Two 3-5 paged article critique is due during the term.  The paper must be a critique of a published empirical study. Specific details are included later in the syllabus and are posted on myLeo Online (D2L).  Students will be randomly assigned due dates for the critique. All work must be turned in on myLeo Online (D2L) prior to the start of class on the day that it is due. SLO 1, 2, 4

Empirical Article Critique (3-5 pages)

Empirical Article critiques are graded in accordance to the requirements listed below.  The critique must include the following things:

1.              The content of the critique must contain the following sections:

a.     summary of the article – (this is your summary, not the abstract from the article). Summary should discuss purpose of paper, hypothesis, methods (participants, instruments), & results (this is approximately 1 – 2 pages)

b.     How is the article related to a topic covered in class?  Make explicit links.  Describe how the authors advanced our textbook knowledge. (this is approximately ½ – 1 page)

c.     Were there limitations to the authors’ findings? What would have to change if the study was replicated on a different ethnic group and/or a different social economic group? (this is approximately ½ – 1 page)

d.    State your concluding remarks.  What are your personal reactions to the points made? (this is approximately ½ – 1 page)

2.              APA formatted reference of the article

3.              You must attach the article along with your critique.

 You may not use an article listed on the syllabus. Journals from which you may choose:

*Adolescence                                                                            *Journal of Adolescent Health                                     

*Child Development                                                                    * Journal of Adolescence Research

*Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology                       * Journal of Black Psychology

*Developmental Psychology                                                       * Journal of Research on Adolescence

*Development and Psychopathology                                            * Journal of Youth and Adolescence

*Journal of Adolescence                                                             * Youth and Society