Select and print a scientific article from a reputable online source that has been published within the last six months OR select and cut out a scientific article from the newspaper or a magazine that has been published within the last month. The critical analysis must be printed and stapled to a copy of your article. (20 pts)
Read the article and write a critical analysis. A critical analysis is different from a review you may write in an English class that is written for the general reader. Your journal article review is written for a specific reader (in this case, your teacher) who is knowledgeable in the discipline and is interested not just in the coverage and content of the article being reviewed, but also in your critical assessment of the ideas and argument that are being presented by the author. (50 pts)
Use the following questions to engage with the article and help you form your critical analysis:
Objectives: What does the article set out to do?
Theory: Is there an explicit theoretical framework? If not, are there important theoretical assumptions?
Concepts: What are the central concepts? Are they clearly defined?
Argument: What is the central argument? Are there specific hypotheses?
Method: What methods are employed to test these?
Evidence: Is evidence provided? How adequate is it?
Values: Are value positions clear or are they implicit?
Literature: How does the work fit into the wider literature?
Contribution: How well does the work advance our knowledge of the subject?
Style: How clear is the author's language/style/expression?
Conclusion: A brief overall assessment.
The critical analysis should meet the following requirements: (20 pts)
Typed using Times New Roman font
Include the following in the “header” (single-spaced)
Name of the article for which you are writing a critical analysis
The analysis and a link to the online article you used (you will not have a link to send, if you find a scientific article from the newspaper or a magazine that has been published) must be submitted to TurnItIn.com before 7:45 AM the morning the analysis is due. This will be used to verify that your word count is in the acceptable range, as well as to ensure that there has been no plagiarizing. (10 pts)
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