This guide is created primarily for the students in Dr. James Forte's SOWK 416/616 Research I course.
You need the understand the Research Cycle. You will also need to search multiple databases to write a comprehensive research paper.
Assignment #2: Empirical Article Summaries (16 points; 8 pages)
The purpose of this assignment is to guide you through the review of 8 of the empirical, peer-reviewed articles supporting your explanation of the focal problem or challenges identified in the "problem statement" assignment #1.
Select and summarize 4 or more quantitative studies to understand better the evidence regarding factors (causes, predictors, and correlates) related to the client system focal problem or challenge.
Select and summarize 2 or more qualitative studies to understand better the evidence regarding the client system’s perceptions of and experiences with the focal problem or challenge.
Be certain that each of the articles focuses on the same clear, narrow, and common client system problem. You will be creating a one-page summary for each article using the following headings:
Be certain that each of the articles focuses on a clear, narrow, and common client system problem. You will be creating a one-page summary for each article using the following headings:
1. Purpose and Conceptual /Theoretical Framework
What is the purpose of the article?
What is the conceptual or theoretical framework guiding the inquiry?
What are the hypotheses and/or research questions for the article?
2. Independent and Dependent Variables OR Themes present
Identify the independent and dependent variables (if your article is quantitative)
Identify the themes being explored (if your article is qualitative)
3. Research methods used
Describe the type of research method used and specific procedures
What type of sampling technique was used?
Identify whether it was probability or non-probability and the specific sampling approach?
What measures were used?
For each, report on reliability, validity, and sensitivity
What were the main findings for the study (remember, these should tie back to the hypotheses or research question(s))?
What limitations did the authors identify?
What implications for practice and/or research did the authors identify?