Critiquing a Quantitative Research Study

Critiquing a Quantitative Research Study

Use these questions for a quantitative critique. Number and answer item-by-item; not in prose form. (You do not need to rewrite the questions). Answer the following questions yes or no and explain your answer!

I. What type of research most accurately describes this study?
II. The Problem

  1. Was the problem clearly defined?
  2. Were hypotheses, research questions or objectives stated?
  3. Was the problem logically deduced from some theory?
  4. What were the independent variable(s)?
  5. What were the dependent variable(s)?
    III. The Design
  6. Was an appropriate research design utilized to answer the problem?
  7. Was the population studied clearly specified?
  8. Were the sampling methods clearly outlined?
    IV. The Procedure
  9. Were data collecting methods described so that you could replicate the study?
  10. Were the size and characteristics of the sample adequately described?
    V. The Measurement
  11. Was any evidence of the reliability of the instruments used?
  12. Was any evidence of the validity of the instruments used?
    VI. The Interpretation
  13. Were the conclusions consistent with the obtained results?
  14. Were the generalizations confined to the population from which the sample was drawn?
    VII. General
  15. Was this a significant study? Why? (Your opinion, not graded)