existing beliefs and knowledge
“Researchers build on existing beliefs and knowledge. In doing so they must be able to evaluate both the evidence of others as well as their own research. This paper is an example of research as part of a whole body of knowledge.”
In your response you should:
Outline what the research in this paper is about (the hypotheses and abstract would be helpful here)
Explain how the authors use secondary research in the introduction of the paper. What do they present about past research into their topic area? Why do they do this?
Review the methodologies used – list TWO independent instruments that are used to help them in their data analysis – how do these affect the reliability and validity of their data analysis?
Briefly summarise THREE of the most significant points they made in the discussion of the results. What strengths and weaknesses can you see in their work?
The authors suggest some limitations with their research. Are these the only ones? Why is it important to identify limitations in research?
Refer to the quote above – can you see evidence of this research supporting the statement provided? Discuss using specific examples from the research paper to support your view.
You are expected to demonstrate your understanding of the principles of good research and research methods with reference to Not Worth the Fuss After All? Your assignment is NOT about video games and violence – it is about RESEARCH.
Research Article being analysed:
Ferguson C J, Garza A, Jerabeck J, Ramos R & Galindo M Not Worth the Fuss After All? Cross-sectional and Prospective Data on Violent Video Game influences on Aggression, Visuospatial Cognition and Mathematics Ability in a Sample of Youth. in Journal of Youth and Adolescence published online 9 August 2012
It is recommended that you base your response on
Aspin L (1997) Focus on Australian Society 2ed Longman; Melbourne
Hard copy to be submitted to your teacher on the due date before 2pm. Failure to do so will result in a zero grade unless you have followed assessment rules regarding medical certificate etc.
You must type your response in 12pt font, double line spacing. Subheadings may be used to logically order your response however otherwise your work should be written in complete sentences and in academic style. You must use in text referencing as per your English Study Guide. You are not required to make use of an extensive reference list. The research article and Aspin may be sufficient to complete the task.
You will need to submit your final task to turnitin for a plagiarism check. This is compulsory and no grade will be released until this is done. The time limit for submitting to turnitin will be as per teacher directions. Non submission or plagiarism will result in a zero grade.
A suggested approach to writing your critical analysis
1 Do the necessary reading
2 Form a preliminary opinion in relation to the above mentioned questions
3 Discuss your opinion with a friend
4 Write your critical analysis. This should be written in academic style using sentences and paragraphs that are linked together with an introduction and a conclusion. It should be written as one continuous piece. You can use headings for each of the sections and the conclusion
5 Edit your critical analysis making sure there are no grammatical errors
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