Quantitative Research Study

Prior to beginning this exam, review the course text in its entirety and the learning activities you completed in Weeks 1 through 5. 

 In this second portion of the Final Exam, you will critically evaluate a quantitative research study on a social science topic. 

Your instructor will post an announcement with the reference for the article assigned for the exam. 

The study will be from a peer-reviewed journal and published within the last 10 years. In the body of your critique, describe the statistical approaches used, the variables included, the hypothesis(es) proposed, and the interpretation of the results. 

In your conclusion, suggest other statistical approaches that could have been used and, if appropriate, suggest alternative 

interpretations of the results. 

This process will allow you to apply the concepts learned throughout the course in the interpretation of actual scientific 


 Your critique must include the following sections and information: 

 Introduction: This section will introduce the assigned peer-reviewed quantitative study. Identify clearly the research questions and/or hypothesis(es) as well as the purpose of the study. 

Methods: Describe the procedures and methods of data collection, measures/instruments used, the participants and how they were selected, and the statistical techniques used. 

Results: Summarize in this section the results presented in the study. 

Discussion: Evaluate the efficacy of the research study by discussing the following: Address the strengths, weaknesses, and 

limitations of the study and suggest future research directions. 

Include additional forms of statistical analyses as part of the suggestions for future research. Conclusion: Summarize the main points of your evaluation of the study. Explain how the statistical test used in the study could be applied to your future career.

Give one example. Discuss how your ability to critique quantitative research could impact your future career. 

The Final Exam Part 2 paper Must be three to four double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.) resource. 

Must include a separate title page with the following: 

Title of paper 

Student’s name 

University name 

Course name and number 

Instructor’s name 

Date submitted 

For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Microsoft Word 

(Links to an external site.). Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for 

additional guidance. Must include an introduction and a conclusion paragraph that summarizes your critical evaluation. 

For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.), refer to the Writing Center resources. 

Must use the quantitative research study assigned by your instructor. It is strongly recommended that you also use either the 

textbook or a peer-reviewed article about the statistical test(s) used by the researchers, to support your evaluation of the 


You may find the Writing Center resource Action Words in Academic Writing (Links to an external site.) helpful in understanding the requirements of the assignment. 

The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on 

appropriate source types. 

If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. 

Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment. 

To assist you in completing the research required for this assignment, view the University of Arizona Global Campus Library 

Quick ‘n’ Dirty (Links to an external site.) tutorial, which introduces the University of Arizona Global Campus Library and the 

research process, and provides some library search tips. 

Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your 

Paper (Links to an external site.) guide. Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as 

outlined in the Writing Center. 

See the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Writing Center for specifications. 

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.  

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