Make sure your chosen article has been approved before you begin this assignment. Critiques of unapproved articles will receive zero points (absolutely no exceptions). Students are responsible for making sure they have met this requirement.
Length and Formatting
3.5 – 5 pages (not counting the title and reference pages)
APA 7th edition format (you do not need an Abstract)
Easiest to download and use this template: Summary template Download Summary template
Content
The Summary should summarize the journal article section-by-section:
The summary of the Introduction should include details on the research questions or hypotheses, the important empirical and theoretical background information the authors included, and the rationale they gave for the study.
Note: Make sure you use the past tense and are clear when you are referring to something the authors did, said, or included. (Correct: “The authors discussed prior research that found self-concept predicted nursing self-efficacy.” Incorrect: “Research suggests self-concept predicts nursing self-efficacy.”)
The summary of the Methods section should include the research design, the sampling approach and sample characteristics, and the main variables and how they were measured. Without duplicating or quoting the article, explain what the researchers actually did in the study.
Note: Although you should summarize the research design, this may be beyond what we have learned in this class. You are not expected to summarize or evaluate these in great detail. However, you do need to understand the why the authors designed their study that way. I am happy to talk through this portion of your article with you.
In summarizing the Results section, pretend that you are the author reporting the results to students who have not read the article. Your summary of the results should enable a reader to see the main points and be able to interpret them without referring back to the article.
Note: Although you should summarize the relevant descriiptive statistics, some statistical analyses in your article may be beyond what we have learned in this class. You are not expected to summarize or evaluate these in great detail. However, you do need to understand the purpose of the analyses the authors did and what they found. I am happy to talk through this portion of your article with you.
In summarizing the Conclusions and Implications, detail each conclusion presented by the authors. These should parallel their research questions/hypotheses. What inferences did they draw from their results? Then summarize any implications they discussed based on these conclusions, including recommendations for policy or practice. Be sure to also list any limitations they included.
If the authors did not include some of the information above, explicitly state that they did not. (Be sure though! Sometimes things are mentioned in other sections of the article.)