Write a 6–8-page evaluation in which you describe a research topic that is an important aspect of your professional life or an issue related to your specialization that could benefit from research. Use five research articles you found on the topic as support, discuss why this research is needed from professional, practical, and scientific standpoints.
Note: Demonstrating your understanding of the research process requires specific steps that need to be executed in a sequence. The assessments in this course are presented in sequence and must be completed in order.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
Competency 2: Evaluate the characteristics, purposes, benefits, strengths, and weaknesses of research methods.
Analyze how the research advances the scientific knowledge base in a selected research study.
Summarize how the selected research study contributes to research theory and the field of study.
Explain the hallmarks of good research in a research study.
Competency 5: Examine the appropriate application of scientific research methodology.
Develop a logical conclusion of the overall scientific merit of the research study.
Competency 6: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the identified field of study.
Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the identified field of study.
Scientific merit refers to the overall quality and the value of a research study. Even though there are many ways in which researchers can solve research problems with different approaches and designs, there is one thing that all good scientific research has in common: scientific merit.
Read the Assessment 1 Context [PDF] document for important information on scientific merit.
As you begin to search for articles related to your topic, pay attention to the theoretical orientation of the research articles you select. The assessment requires that you summarize how the research study contributes to theory and the field of study.
The assessment requires you to identify how the research you evaluate contributes to or relates to a particular theory in your area of specialization. It is possible to find articles where the relevant theory is identified explicitly. For other studies, the following resources suggest how to identify theory in articles where the theory is not explicitly stated.
Research designs can have qualitative or quantitative orientations, or complex combinations of these. Ideally, a study will exhibit the hallmarks of good research in its choice of research design. Use these resources to prepare and discuss the research procedures that would be best in investigating the research topic you chose.
The assessment requires you to develop a logical conclusion of the scientific merit of the research you examine. The following resources provide information on the definition and the components of scientific merit.
Identify a research topic related to your specialization, professional life, or area of interest, and locate at least five recent (within the past five years) research articles on your selected topic.
In 6–8 pages, write an evaluation in which you complete the following: