Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to familiarize you with peer-reviewed journal articles published in psychological journals. By completing this assignment, you will learn how psychologists conduct research and communicate their findings. You will also learn how to critique psychological research. This assignment is worth a possible 50 points. The scoring rubric for this assignment is on the last page of this document. Directions (Part I): This is a two-part assignment and in this first part of the assignment, you are to review, and analyze the Stanley Milgram article provided by your professor. The complete citation for this article is: Milgram, S. (1963). Behavioral study of obedience. The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, Vol 67(4), 371-378. Doi: 10.1037/h0040525 General Information: A peer-reviewed journal article has the following major sections: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References, Table and Figures. The abstract for this article is a summary statement that highlights the information in the Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion sections of this research article. Before you can begin writing your critique assignment, you will need to read and understand the Stanley Milgram article. Here are your guidelines for writing your critique assignment: This paper should be three pages in length, including your cover page. Please note your instructor will schedule a mandatory library class session for your class. Use the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Style Manual (6th edition), create a page that includes:
Title of Article
Hint: use “Word” to set-up/format your paper for APA style writing Write an introduction for your paper that includes the following:
Who conducted the study?
Why they conducted the study?
Who were the subjects?
What did the researchers hope to learn from their findings?
What research methods were used?
What were there results?
Write a two paragraph critique that includes:
The research methods used and findings
How the study relates to the Psychology 1010 course, and
What impact the research findings have had on you as a student in this course?
Library Session either in class or online
Learn how to access databases
Learn about which journals are applicable to your major area Complete the PGCC’s Library Plagiarism and APA tutorials
In class or online small group activities
Identify components of the Milgram Study – See Critique Assignment I Write your 1st draft and share it with your assigned peer-reviewer Re-write your 2nd draft and submit to your instructor for feedback Submit your final paper to your instructor for a grade
SCORING RUBRIC FOR CRITIQUE I ASSIGNMENT
Grading Criteria- Please see the rubric below. This assignment is worth a possible 50 points. CRITERIA A B C D F
Analysis of the Components of a Research Article (i.e., problem statement, hypotheses, methodology, results and discussion) and a Critique of the importance of the article for the discipline and the general public 15 points
Presents a thorough analysis of all components of a research article ( i.e., statement of the problem, hypotheses, methodology, results, discussion, and a critical analysis of the importance of the research for the discipline and the general public (14-15 points) Presents a thorough analysis of three components of a research article and includes a critical analysis of the importance of the research for the discipline and the general public (12-13 points) Presents an analysis of two of the components of a research article and omits critical components of the research article and the critical analysis (10-11 points)
Presents analysis of at least one component the research article and identifies at least one component of the critical analysis (i.e. states the importance of the study for the discipline and or the general public (8-9 points) No attempts are made to present an analysis of the components of the research article or to a critically analyze the importance of the study identified (0 points)
Peer-reviewed Journal Article is integrated in the critique assignment 15 points Psychology peer-reviewed journal article is used to write the critique assignment; the research article is data-driven and fully integrated in the critique assignment
(14-15 points) Psychology peer-reviewed journal article is data-drive and integrated in the critique assignment
(12-13 points) Psychology peer-reviewed journal article is only mentioned in body of essay and not fully integrated into the critique assignment
(10-11 points) Psychology peer-reviewed journal article is only mentioned in reference list (8-9 points) No psychology peer-reviewed journal is used
General Writing Skills (i.e., syntax and mechanics) 10 points Uses college level writing that skillfully communicates meaning to readers with clarity and fluency, and is error-free (9-10 points) Uses college level writing that generally conveys meaning to readers. The writing has 1 – 3 errors (8 points) Uses college level writing that generally conveys meaning to readers with clarity, although writing has 4 – 6 errors (7 points) Does not use college level writing consistently throughout the assignment and this sometimes impedes the meaning of the text because of 7-10 errors in usage and spelling
(6 points) Do not use college level writing and is generally unresponsive to the task(s) because of errors in usage and spelling (0 points)
10 points Demonstrates detailed attention to and successful execution of psychological writing task including organization, content, presentation, formatting and stylistic choices ( 9-10 points) Demonstrates consistent use of important conventions particular to psychological writing task including organization, content, presentation, and stylistic choices (8 points) Follows expectations appropriate to psychological l writing task for basic organization, content and presentation (7 points ) Attempts to use a consistent system for basic organization and presentation (6 points ) No attempt to use a basic format for organization or presentation