You are expected to author and share a public review of a journal article chosen from the list presented in the bibliography on this site.
When you have chosen an article, post your name followed by the article title to the Journal Article Choice Forum Topic. Note that only one person in the class will review a particular article so choose early and also check to see that someone has not already made that choice. In case of disagreement, the time captured by the server will determine who has first rights on that article.
The review should be of no more than 750 words and address the following aspects:
- Your précis of author’s argument;
- An explanation of the issue being addressed / The question being asked / The larger area of investigation;
- Situation of this article into the research ecosystem – i.e. referenced and related articles and arguments;
- Your appreciation of how well the author achieves his/her objectives;
- Questions that remain in your mind after reading and considering the article.
Please post this review to the forum section as a new topic.
You will be evaluated using the following criteria:
- 25%: Academic / Professionalism
- 25%: Depth of Thought / Consideration of How it is Related to Larger Module Issues in the blogs and forums
- 25%: Thoughtfulness of Conclusions
- 25%: Adherence to Structure
Note that you are posting this in a public forum. Please author it accordingly.
The intention of this assignment is to appreciate the nature of academic evaluation of articles by doing. In that light what I am requesting of you is to put yourself into the role of professional reviewer and see the journal article from the publisher’s perspective. Your first stop should be to visit this page from the Journal of Marriage and Family. It provides a series of very valuable questions to ask to get a perspective on how effectively the journal article has been constructed and delivered.
This article from the Academic Skills & Learning Centre from the ANU is also a quite straightforward yet thorough guide to completing the type of journal review assignment I am looking for.
A this source of valuable information is this University of Alberta guide which offers a series of useful steps and a typology for analysis.
The review will be due to be posted to the Completed Review Forum as a new topic by Monday 4 November 2013 – 12:00 noon.
This review will be graded using the above criteria and count for 20% of your final mark.
Late Submission Penalties for Assignments
In case of documented illness during the module and with regard to deadlines for evaluation, you are expected to notify me in advance should you be unable to meet a deadline. Cases will be dealt with individually.
Without a doctors note, late submissions will incur a 2 point reduction per day until they are submitted.
Reviews posted after that will have 2 points deducted for each 24 period past that time. For example, submission at 6 November 2013 – 11:58 will be graded out of 23 rather than 25.