Topic: Article Review

Assignment #1b – Article Review (two separate submissions) – 10% each (20% total; SLOs 1-4)



Using the Article Review Format provided below, respond to an article (you will do this twice – each is a separate assignment).  The purpose of these readings is to help students identify and analyze specific curriculum articles that are of interest to them.  Whether your particular area of curriculum interest is in the area of mathematics, science, social studies, language arts or curriculum in general, you will choose articles that are central to your interests. If needed, I will work with you to target specific readings that will help you with your term papers, enabling you to further your knowledge of the curriculum field (and what it is trying to do), and prepare you to contribute meaningfully to curriculum theory and practice. The articles must be from a recent issue of one of the education peer-reviewed journals available in the library. Include a copy of the article with each review (will not be graded without inclusion of article).

Select, read an article (not included in the course readings), and write a short narrative to describe it. Your summary should be no more than two paragraphs (unless you choose a very long article). The tone of your response should be academic in nature. In the response section, you should be critical as you analyze the reading. Consider the subject matter of the article but think about the perspective of the author. Decide if the reading sufficiently covers the topic and describe your perspective. Were your opinions challenged?   Determine the extent of the validity and reliability of the work you are reading. Discuss what you found interesting, enlightening, contributory, challenging or inappropriate and explain why you thought this.  Finally, you must also explain how you would apply what you learned in a classroom school-based, or educational context. (See rubric for specific details  – SLOs 1- 4)


Here are some specifications and suggestions:


  1. The deliverable for this assignment is a short narrative. This is about 2-3 pages double-spaced (should not exceed 3 pages) typed using 12 point font. It’s the quality of your words that is of utmost importance, not the quantity.
  2. Include a Reference for the article at the end of the paper.
  3. Reflect on the “big” ideas presented in the paper/article. Describe these in detail.
  4. Do not make lists or use bullets.
  5. Subheadings are helpful to provide structure for your paper (Introduction, Summary, Response/Analysis, Curriculum Applications, References – see p. 41 of APA 6th Manual).
  6. Proofread your work! Use correct grammar, spelling, sentence structure, etc. This is expected in all graduate-level writing.
  7. Use professional examples to support your thoughts, opinions, and perspectives.
  8. Limit quotations to the response section (do not quote in the summary section). Only quote if it is something unique to the literature that should not be stated in your own words. Remember, you only have so many words… this narrative needs to be your work.
  9. It is helpful to describe your thoughts on the article but do not rant or bash the ideas presented. This is not professional.
  10. You may use first person. Do NOT use the phrase “the writer/the author” when referring to yourself. Few journals consider this appropriate.
  11. Organize your materials and develop an introduction and conclusion.
  12. Be very careful to avoid plagiarism (even self-plagiarism).
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