Unit 2: Module 2 – M2 Assignment 2
Assignment 2: Article Critique
Access the article, “Reflecting on Practice: Using Learning Journals in Higher and Continuing Education” (Titled Module 2_Langer’s Article for Critique.pdf) from the Doc Sharing area.
Supplemental documents in Doc Sharing provide guidance, in complementary but slightly different ways. The ‘Suggestions for Writing Organized Papers’ document emphasizes how to organize and write an article critique. The 'Writing a Critique' handout emphasizes the purpose for writing an article critique, naming and describing the 5 elements that make up most research articles. The third piece is a sample introductory paragraph, where the author's purpose for writing an article critique and a map that clearly identifies the 5 basic parts of a research article, are clearly shown. Your purpose statement is specific to the Langer (2002) article, so it will, of course, have different content. You might state your purpose somewhat like this: “The purpose of this article critique is to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the Langer (2002) article.” This could be followed by naming the 5 parts of a research article, and then you would have also created a map.
You can download all these documents, as well as the Scoring Rubric for this assignment, to Microsoft Word. Print copies and refer to them not just for this journal critique but for other assignments throughout this course.
Note: Your analysis of the 5 elements form the Body of your paper, while your purpose, to critique the article, analyzing its strengths and weaknesses, is stated in the Introduction.
All research articles contain these 5 elements, in this order, generally:
Download the assigned article. Look for the elements and mark them, if that is helpful, reflect on what you read, thinking of how you would analyze each part's strengths and weaknesses. What is unclear? What is unanswered? What more would you have liked to know?
Because reading and analyzing journal articles may be new territory for you, a few points about this article might be helpful:
Submit a double-spaced, three-four-page paper in Microsoft Word with the following parts:
By Friday, November 11, 2016, submit your analysis and critique of a journal article to the M2: Assignment 2 Dropbox. Name your file W7000_M2_A2_lastname_firstinitial.doc.
All written assignments and responses should follow APA style in formatting and attributing sources.
Please make sure you review the elements of the grading criteria and associated points carefully and make sure your assignment has addressed all the elements and in enough detail to merit full points.