Present an overview of each article. In this section, you should identify the theoretical basis for
the research, and the hypothesis that each article intends to support.
In this section you should address three central questions related to the direct application of
methods used within the articles. The first issue relates to a discussion on the type of theoretical
model used to conduct the research. Next you should discuss the process of population sampling
used, and the method by which the sample was extracted for the studies. Finally, you should
examine how the researchers dealt with the questions of validity and reliability within the
In section three you will need to critically evaluate the underlying research hypothesis of each
article, and assess alternative methods of analysis and research design which could have been
applied to the research. In selecting these alternative methods, you should also seek to examine
what other possible findings might have been uncovered within the research, and how these
alternative findings might have shed different light on the research that was conducted. This
section of the report will require that the student engage in both critical thinking and reflection
on the materials presented within the text and notes. Ultimately, this section will evaluate the
student's mastery of the concepts of research as presented within the course.