Journal Article Assignment
Working in groups of 2 or 3, and accessing Communication-based academic journals as source material, students must locate a recent study (2012 or later) in which the author or authors test hypotheses using statistics-based procedures.
Analyzing the article
In general, journal articles have five “sections”; each one has its own purpose. In conducting your analysis, you must answer specific questions related to each section.
Section 1: Introduction
The introductory section of most journal articles is the shortest section, where the issue or problem that the author(s) seek to deal with is presented.
Section 2: Theory/Literature Review/Hypotheses
In this section, the author(s) will build their argument or present their “evidence,” discussing prior studies that are relevant to the study they are now doing. Often they will incorporate multiple theories into their literature review. It will include research hypotheses for the current study.
Section 3: Method
In this section, the author(s) will explain, in detail, what they did. You are required to:
Section 4: Results
In this section, the author(s) will present their findings (the results of the statistical tests). In many (probably most) of the studies, I expect you to encounter statistical procedures that we will not specifically cover in class. You are not required to try to explain things like regression, model building, etc. You are required to:
Section 5: Discussion
In this section, the author(s) will attempt to explain how the results of this study fit into the “big picture”:
Briefly discuss how the authors claim the results of this study fit into and advance existing knowledge. Note: Sometimes we can learn from hypotheses that
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