Applied Sport & Exercise Research Methods
Journal Article Critique
Assignment Brief / Structure Critiquing implies identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the article. Youmust justify and support what you are claiming with evidence. You need to putforward your own personal judgments about the article, but in an academicmanner. A critique is not a summary of the article, or a replication of what theauthor said, it is much more than that. You have to demonstrate to us, that youunderstand the whole research process, the concepts and terminology, and havesome insight into the accuracy of the data analysis.
You should use a critique framework to guide the structure of your essay. You will be given examples of these during the module; however you do not have to use the ones provided.
Many research books have a chapter on research critique, and they often include astructure or framework to follow. It is perfectly acceptable to use one of these, butyou must identify which one you have chosen to use and use it consistentlythroughout the essay.
Please use the following structure:
You need to select ONE research article to critique. It will be relevant to youracademic area. You should provide a rational for this choice. You should provide aclear outline what you propose to write about in the essay.
In the main body you are required to comprehensively critically appraise theresearch study. This would include, the title, abstract, who wrote the paper, theproblem or hypothesis, literature search, choice of method, data collection andanalysis, discussion of the results, dissemination of the result.
You will need to consider possible STRENGTHS and WEAKNESSES of thework. Rees (1997) suggests that there are three questions that you should consider.
What does it say?
Can I trust it?
How does it contribute to practice?
It may be possible to compare / contrast the methods used with these studies withother pieces of research. Reference should be made to relevant research theory.
You should consider whether there is an indication for more research to be
undertaken in this area, and what the implications are for your own academic area
or professional practice.
You need to draw the critique to a conclusion, and make a final judgment aboutthe paper. In your opinion was it a good or bad piece of research. Whatrecommendations would you make about the findings? Should it be used andimplemented in your professional area?
o Total 1000 Words
Assessed Learning outcome (s)
Module Weighting %
Section 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20
Introduction: (20%) Excellent rationale for chosen paper with clear proposal for the direction of the essay. Good rationale for chosen paper with clear proposal for the direction of the essay. Reasonable rationale for chosen paper with reasonable proposal for the direction of the essay. Adequate rationale for chosen paper with adequate proposal for the direction of the essay. Inadequate rationale for chosen paper with inadequate proposal for the direction of the essay.
Main Body: (30%) An excellent critique of all the areas of the paper. A good critique of all/most of the areas of the paper. A reasonable critique of all/most of the areas of the paper. An adequate critique of all/most of the areas of the paper. An inadequate critique of most/ few areas of the paper.
Discussion: (20%) Excellent discussion of critique from main body with reference to relevant research theory and critical comparisons drawn from other research Good discussion of critique from main body with reference to relevant research theory and critical comparisons drawn from other research Reasonably discussion of critique from main body with reference to research theory and/or comparisons drawn from other research Adequate discussion of critique from main body with reference to research theory and/or comparisons drawn from other research Poor discussion of critique from main body with a lack of reference to research theory and comparisons drawn from other research
Conclusions (15%). A very well justified and coherent conclusion of the critique of the research. A well justified and coherent conclusion of the critique of the research. A reasonably well justified conclusion of the critique of the research. An adequately justified conclusion of the critique of the research. An inadequately justified conclusion of the critique of the research.
Presentation and referencing (15%). Excellent presentation, and within 10% of the word limit. References presented excellently in the text in the reference list Well-presented and within 10% of the word limit. References presented well in the text in the reference list Reasonable presentation and within 10% of the word limit. References presented reasonably in the text in the reference list Adequate presentation and/ornot within 10% of the word limit. References presented adequately in the text in the reference list Poor presentation and/or not within 10% of the word limit. References presented adequately in the text in the reference list
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