CEPSE Article Critique Questions. 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)

  1. Critique the author’s conceptual framework.
  2. Comment on the need for this study and its importance.
  3. How effectively does the author tie the study to relevant theory and prior research?
  4. Evaluate the clarity and appropriateness of the research questions or hypotheses.

B. Research Design and Analysis (about 4 pages)

  1. Critique the appropriateness and adequacy of the study’s design in relation to the research questions or hypotheses.
  2. Critique the adequacy of the study’s sampling methods (e.g., choice of participants) and their implications for generalizability.
  3. Critique the adequacy of the study’s procedures and materials (e.g., interventions, interview protocols, data collection procedures).
  4. Critique the appropriateness and quality (e.g., reliability, validity) of the measures used.
  5. 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)

  1. Critique the author’s discussion of the methodological and/or conceptual limitations of the results.
  2. How consistent and comprehensive are the author’s conclusions with the reported results?
  3. How well did the author relate the results to the study’s theoretical base?
  4. In your view, what is the significance of the study, and what are its primary implications for theory, future research, and practice?

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