7 Feb

Dear Class,

Class assignment for today. No class today.  Class in classroom is cancelled.   this is your assignment.

Please read the following papers: Gravity does rule for falling events (2002).  Developmental Science.   Get paper on line or at Library.

Also read one paper that you select from the Journal Developmental Science or Child Development.

Bring papers to class next week.

Write a review in your log based on below.

 we highlight some answers from the class that were given on Dr.Striano’s “Pop Quiz” (spring 2010) on how to critique an empirical paper.

  • Journal’s reputation – are they a trusted and respected journal in the field? Not all journals have as rigorous a peer-review process.
  • Title- do you want to read this paper? Does title fit the paper?
  • Background of authors – who they are, from what university they operated out of.
  • Did they receive funding from any sources?  Look at acknowledgments section.  Get a feel for who and what is behind the paper.
  • Year published. How current?
  • Quality of journal.
  • The abstract is informative, concise etc.?  What is the question, what is new? Why important?
  • Clear introduction; states question : what new, why important, what is the question (not in that order). think of a funnel.
  • Clear methods. Representative sample used.
  • Logical sentence structure, correct grammar
  • Appropriate statistical analysis used. Standard deviations and confidence intervals stated.
  • Graphs do they help or hurt the reader
  • Do numbers match up?

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