Reporting and Disseminating Research Findings

Reporting and Disseminating Research Findings

Usually, all of the steps in conducting a research project culminate in writing a research study. There are various ways one can share the findings. The most commons ways include professional papers; poster sessions presented at conferences; publication in a professional, peer-reviewed journal; and dissertations. The APA manual and most research textbooks provide similar guidance for the content of research study, providing a standard. This week you will be introduced to all that is included in a sound research study.

Learning Objectives
Students will:
Critique a research study
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Learning Resources
Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.
Required Readings
Document: Week 10 Assignment Guidelines: Qualitative Article Review and Critique (PDF)
Document: Week 10 Assignment Guidelines: Quantitative Article Review and Critique (PDF)
Assignment: Article Review and Critique
By now, you should be aware that the findings from a research study are only part of the story. As a consumer, hoping to inform practice by use of an evidence base, you want to know much more. A sound research study includes all the steps highlighted in previous weeks: reviewing existing literature, focusing a research question, choosing a qualitative or quantitative method for answering the question, designing the study including selection of data collection procedures and/or measures, procedures used, data analysis plan, and findings. In addition, the study commonly discusses how ethical concerns were addressed and acknowledges the limitations of the study. For this assignment, you review a published research study with two purposes in mind:

Observing the structure and content of the article
Comparing the content of the article to the recommended content of sections for a research study.

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