This assignment builds on your increased understanding of research methodologies as they apply to studying educational issues. Read the following article: Marlow, L., Inman, D., & Shwery, C. (2005). To what extent are literacy initiatives being supported: Important questions for administrators (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Reading Improvement, 42(3), 179-186. (article is attached) Analyze the article by responding to the following guiding questions: Factual Questions What is the explicitly stated ‘purpose’ of this study? The researchers state that they included ‘demographic items’ in order to provide what? What was the return rate? What percentage of the respondents had 11 to 20 years of classroom teaching experience? What percentage of the respondents strongly disagreed that they had adequate supplemental reading materials? Discussion Questions The researchers state that they used a table of random numbers to select 10 schools. Is this important? Provide rationale for your response. The researchers state that a pilot study of the instrument was conducted. Does this give you greater confidence in the results obtained by using the instrument? Provide rationale for your response. The teachers were asked to ‘independently’ complete the survey (i.e., complete it without consulting anyone else). Was this a good idea? Provide rationale for your response. Are any of the results of this study especially interesting or surprising to you? Provide rationale for your response. This study was conducted in several southern states. Do you think it would be valuable to replicate the study in other regions of the country? Provide rationale for your response. Quality Ratings Indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with each of the following statements by highlighting (or making bold) a number from 5 for strongly agree (SA) to 1 for strongly disagree (SD). Please add a comment for items where your quality rating is 2 or below. Copy and paste the table below into your document. Statement Rating Comment A. The title of the article is appropriate. SA 5 4 3 2 1 SD B. The abstract provides an effective overview of the research article. SA 5 4 3 2 1 SD C. The introduction establishes the importance of the study. SA 5 4 3 2 1 SD D. The literature review establishes the context for the study. SA 5 4 3 2 1 SD E. The research purpose, question, or hypothesis is clearly stated. SA 5 4 3 2 1 SD F. The method of sampling is sound. SA 5 4 3 2 1 SD G. Relevant demographics (for example, age, gender, and ethnicity) are described. SA 5 4 3 2 1 SD H. Measurement procedures are adequate. SA 5 4 3 2 1 SD I. All procedures have been described in sufficient detail to permit replication of the study. SA 5 4 3 2 1 SD J. The participants have been adequately protected from potential harm. SA 5 4 3 2 1 SD K. The results are clearly described. SA 5 4 3 2 1 SD L. The discussion/conclusion is appropriate. SA 5 4 3 2 1 SD M. Despite any flaws, the report is worthy of publication. SA 5 4 3 2 1 SD Format your responses consistent with APA 6th ed. format.
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