How to Critically Read and Evaluate Research (METHOD (Summarise the…
How to Critically Read
and Evaluate Research
Record the full reference/citation for the article.
Indicate in broad terms the relevance or importance of the study.
Briefly describe how the study fits into what is already known in the existing literature, i.e. the gap in the literature.
Critical analysis - note any issues in the literature review (e.g. failure to include relevant literature).
Summarise the details pertaining to the example, participants and how they were selected.
Describe /outline the context of the study, e.g. briefly outline where it was conducted.
Briefly outline the main procedural steps for the study. Use a diagram or a flow chart to describe the steps and any relationships among them.
Outline the study data - how this was collected and the role of the researcher in the data collection process.
Describe the type of data analysis employed.
Critical analysis - note any issues identified in the method section.
Outline what the authors identify as the main findings from the analysis.
Identify what the significant findings are from your perspective, and use your critical analysis lens to list any issues you have noted about the findings.
Describe what conclusions the authors have drawn from the findings (including implications for practice). Identify whether the findings have addressed the purpose and rationale of the study
Outline the limitations for the study as described by the authors and include any of your own that are related to areas such as methodology and quality.
Briefly outline the main points of the discussion and anything of value that have learned from the article (positives and negatives).
Identify the core relevance of this study for your purpose (e.g. how it contributes to the argument you are making for this paper or your own research study).
Vossler & Moller
(2015, p. 58)