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Learning to Read Empirical Articles

Abstract:

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Through a series of low-stakes assignments, students are required to read, assess, and properly cite four peer-reviewed empirical research articles. The articles reflect the four core methodologies that we devote the most time to in class (surveys, fieldwork, secondary data, and content analysis). By reading and answering questions, student’s knowledge of research design & concepts specific to particular forms of methodology are reinforced, and students gain confidence reading full-length, scholarly, empirical research articles. They also learn to correctly construct a bibliographic reference using ASA formatting. Discussion of each article occurs we learn about each specific form of methodology in the course.

Details:

Resource Type(s):
Assignment, Class Activity 
Author(s):
Samantha K Ammons 
Date Published:
7/9/2013 
Subject Area:
Research Methods 
Class Level:
College 200 
Class Size:
Medium 
Language:
English 


Usage Notes:

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I use this series of assignments in a semester-long undergraduate research methods course that introduces students to common methods employed by social scientists. I set the stage for these assignments through a one-day lecture/discussion period that occurs after I have covered the section of the course on research design,...

Learning Goals and Assessments:

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Goal 1:
For students to learn the format of peer-reviewed empirical research articles and how to locate the basic information they need in order to understand and begin to critically evaluate articles.
Assessment 1:
Students answer a series of questions that pertain to different sections of the article.
Goal 2:
To reinforce research design core concepts (such as independent & dependent variables, conceptualization, operationalization, sample size, sampling strategies, and deductive & inductive approaches), reinforce methodology specific terms (such as partici
Assessment 2:
Students answer a series of questions that pertain to different sections of the article.
Goal 3:
For students to learn how to find the information they need and correctly construct a bibliographic reference using ASA formatting style.
Assessment 3:
For students to learn how to find the information they need and correctly construct a bibliographic reference using ASA formatting style.

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Content Analysis Method Article Instructions.docx
Fieldwork Method Article Instructions.docx
List of articles assigned.docx
Secondary Data Method Article Instructions.docx
Survey Method Article Instructions.docx
citation.docx