Quantitative Research

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Quantitative Research: Article Summary (20 points)

This assignment is aimed at giving you an opportunity to select and summarize the analysis in a real quantitative research study. This should be a 2 – 4 page paper that meets the general writing guidelines which are outlined in the syllabus. Please use the suggested category headings. For example:

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Research design; Data Analysis; Results ETC.

 

This assignment should be carried out as follows:

Step #1: Study selection – You have a choice among 5 articles written about research studies. The articles are provided as PDF file attachments in the Assignment 1 folder. Browse through all the 5 articles. Select ONE of them to use for this Assignment.

Step #2: Summary: Write a 2 – 4 page summary and analysis of the key aspects of the article you selected. In this summary you should cover the following items from the article:

  • Describe the research hypothesis in the article
  • Describe the type of quantitative research design selected and why this design was chosen by the author(s), i.e. Descriptive, Correlational, Causal-comparative/quasi-experimental research or Experimental research. The following link provides a quick review of the differences http://www.bcps.org/offices/lis/researchcourse/develop_quantitative.html
  • Variables tested
  • Research design
  • Sampling
  • Data Analysis
  • Results
  • Conclusions

The expectation is that this assignment will give you some ideas of how to construct your own quantitative analysis for Assignment 2 and Assignment 3 in Weeks 4, 5 and 6.

Grading Rubric for written Assignment #1 

 

weight

Criteria

40%

Critical Thinking Skills: Clearly presents thoughts and concepts. Diagrams elements of a graphic in correct relationship to one another.

30%

Course Content: Uses, applies, and demonstrates understanding of course materials, readings, conferences, and instructor-provided content. Visual and graphic images capture and display understanding of the concepts

15%

Assignment Instructions: Responds to assignment instructions, including all essential elements of the project description.

15%

Writing Quality: Writes clearly, concisely, and with few errors. APA format is followed. Citations are used. Clearly presents material graphically. Easy to understand.

100%

Maximum total points

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