CRITICAL THINKING PROJECT GUIDE
DUE: March 29, 2018 Beginning of Class Time – No Later
Identify a topic of interest to you related to the course. Prepare five critical thinking
questions related to your topic. Read 5 research articles from academic journals
(NO POPULAR PRESS) relevant to your topic. Do not use dissertation abstracts.
Complete your literature search in any of these data bases: PsycArticles, PsycINFO,
or Proquest Psychological Journals. All articles must be on the same topic. The
topic must be included on the title pages. Write a brief summary of each article
(one page minimum, double spaced). Each summary must include a complete
reference (author, title, journal, year, volume, pages). Start with the most current
articles (this year and earlier). All papers must include two identical title pages, one
introduction, 5 summaries, 5 detailed abstract and citation records printed directly
from your data base search, and one conclusion. You must include a copy of the
detailed record of each article you review immediately following your summary. Use
the following as a guide.
Introduction: Introduce your topic and the research related to it. Why is
this topic important? List your critical thinking questions by number.
Identify the theories and/or areas of research or controversy relevant to
your topic. What is the basic theoretical approach or research paradigm
covered in your articles? In what way do the research articles you
selected address your critical thinking questions? (5pts)
Article Summaries: Example of reference and summary format:
1. Hamilton, Seward E. (year) Identifying African American Gifted
Children Using Behavioral Assessment Technique: The Gifted
Children Locator. Journal of Black Psychology, 19, 63-76
YOUR SUMMARY STARTS HERE. YOUR REFERENCE FOR EACH
ARTICLE SHOULD BE SINGLE SPACED AS INDICATED ABOVE. YOUR
SUMMARY SHOULD BE DOUBLED SPACED. ALL ARTICLES MUST COME
FROM ACADEMIC JOURNALS. YOUR SUMMARIES SHOULD BE NUMBERED
1-5. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS FORMAT WILL RESULT IN A ONE POINT
PENALTY PER ARTICLE. DO NOT ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS HERE. DO NOT
INCLUDE YOUR PERSONAL OPINION OR POSITION HERE.
Detailed Records: Include a copy of the detailed record for each article
you summarize. Print each detailed abstract and citation record directly
from your data base search and include it with the article you summarize.
Do not retype or cut and paste the abstract. Go to the library NOW.
Familiarize yourself with the reference librarian. Failure to include the
detailed record or to attach it to the summary will result in a two-point
penalty per article.
Conclusion: Briefly summarize observations. Take a position on any
controversial or important issues. Support your position using the
articles you read (provide the reference). You must discuss/integrate
points covered in your articles. This section should not be limited to your
emotional response or personal opinion, but may include both. What
research evidence responds to each of your critical thinking questions?
Answer your critical thinking questions. (10 points
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