These questions were used as part of the old cepse prelim policy, now used as part of the article critique portion of the epet prelim policy.
A. Theoretical Perspective (about 3 pages)
- Critique the author’s conceptual framework.
- Comment on the need for this study and its importance.
- How effectively does the author tie the study to relevant theory and prior research?
- Evaluate the clarity and appropriateness of the research questions or hypotheses.
B. Research Design and Analysis (about 4 pages)
- Critique the appropriateness and adequacy of the study’s design in relation to the research questions or hypotheses.
- Critique the adequacy of the study’s sampling methods (e.g., choice of participants) and their implications for generalizability.
- Critique the adequacy of the study’s procedures and materials (e.g., interventions, interview protocols, data collection procedures).
- Critique the appropriateness and quality (e.g., reliability, validity) of the measures used.
- Critique the adequacy of the study’s data analyses. For example: Have important statistical assumptions been met? Are the analyses appropriate for the study’s design? Are the analyses appropriate for the data collected?
C. Interpretation and Implications of Results (about 3 pages)
- Critique the author’s discussion of the methodological and/or conceptual limitations of the results.
- How consistent and comprehensive are the author’s conclusions with the reported results?
- How well did the author relate the results to the study’s theoretical base?
- In your view, what is the significance of the study, and what are its primary implications for theory, future research, and practice?