critical article review

Article Review

The article for the critical review assignment, due at the end of week 9, is:
Onwuegbuzie, A., J. (2004). “Academic procrastination and statistics anxiety”. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. 29 (1), 3-19.
Download it from the Academic Search Complete database.

Elements of the critique

-Summary of the article (Discuss what the article is about) This part SHOULD NOT include any of your personal input but rather just summarize what the author did in his/her research.

-Research Topic: What question is the researcher trying to answer?

-Research Methodology: How did the researcher study the topic? Survey? Experiment? Statistical Analysis? Briefly answer who, what, where, and when, and how.

-Major Conclusions: What does the author conclude?

-What recommendations does he make? This section should be about 1.5 pages in general.

-The next part is the key of the critique. This next sections of your paper gives an assessment of how well the research was conducted based on what you learned. Remember you can use your own personal experience and outside articles to help you support your point of view in this section of the assignment.

-In-depth critique of the article (Discuss how well the research is conducted in your own words)

-Write a brief paragraph for each of the following listed elements in your own words:

-Purpose: Is the research problem clearly stated? Is it easy to determine what the researcher intends to research?

-Literature Review: Is the review logically organized?

Does it offer a balanced critical analysis of the literature?

Is the majority of the literature of recent origin?

Is it empirical in nature?


Has a research question or hypothesis been identified?

Is it clearly stated?

Is it consistent with discussion in the literature review?

Ethical Standards Applied

Were the participants fully informed about the nature of the research?

Was confidentiality guaranteed?

Were participants protected from harm?

Operational Definitions

Are all terms, theories, and concepts used in the study clearly defined?


Is the research design clearly identified?

Has the data gathering instrument been described?

Is the instrument appropriate? How was it developed?

Were reliability and validity testing undertaken and the results discussed?

Was a pilot study undertaken?

Data Analysis/Results

What type of data and statistical analysis was undertaken? Was it appropriate?

How many of the sample participated? Significance of the findings?


Are the findings linked back to the literature review?

If a hypothesis was identified was it supported?

Were the strengths and limitations of the study including generalizability discussed?

Was a recommendation for further research made?


Were all the books, journals and other media alluded to in the study accurately referenced?


Considering all of the evaluation categories, is the article well or poorly researched?

The following online article may be helpful to you. Step-by-step guide to critiquing research. Part 1:

Quantitative research


Layout of your paper and other writing requirements

Your final report should be organized in the following format:

Title page

Include name and author of article you critique

Include your name and MGMT 650 section number

Include your Turnitin score (if applicable)

Brief summary of article

In-depth critique of article


Additional writing requirements:

Submit your paper as a Word document. No PDF files.


Use 12 point Times New Roman font and 1 inch margins

Use section headings to identify the different components of your discussion

Number all pages after the title page

Use APA format for citations and bibliography

Do not use quotes from the article, paraphrase

Keep the tone formal. Write like a researcher. Avoid the use of first person pronouns such as I, we, me, us, etc.

Check for spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors

Keep your paper to 5-6 pages, not including the title page

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