Critically Analyzing a Research Study
For this course, you will have a course project that includes the written assignments in Weeks 1–5. The Week 3 and Week 5 assignments are considered major assignments, which combined are worth almost half of the total course points. It will likely take you more than one week to complete the Week 3 and Week 5 major assignments, so begin working on those tasks sooner rather than later.
The course project assignment each week is designed to help you develop skills in critically analyzing and using research studies published in peer-reviewed journals. These resources are critical to the development of your own research agenda and designing of your own research studies. In Weeks 4 and 5, you will propose your own research.
From the South University Online Library, read and study the following article:
Su, R., Rounds, J., & Armstrong, P. I. (2009). Men and things, women and people: A meta-analysis of sex differences in interests. Psychological Bulletin, 135(6), 859–884.
After reading the article, address the following items:
Summarize the main points of the article.
Analyze the study’s design (e.g., meta-analysis), including the major theories underlying the study and the method used.
Evaluate the findings of the study, including at least two possible criticisms that might call the findings or the application of the findings into question.
Submit your answers in a 5- to 6-page Microsoft Word document