the research process by critically examining a peer reviewed article

1. students must read and understand an article ” New, N.,& Bogossian, F. (2008). Nurse led clinical research: neonatal nurses’ perceptions and experiences. Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 11(3), 13-18.”

2. Then students must provide a critique of the artical following the questions;

You must use the questions provided in this guide to critique the journal paper by New
and Bogossian (2008). When answering each question you must explain and justify
your response with reference to the research methods literature to inform your
discussion. Please see Standards and Criteria to inform your response.

1. Context of the paper (Total: 2 mark)
1.1 What were the aims of the study? (2 marks)

2. Research design (Total: 18 marks)
2.1 What was the design of the study? (2 marks)
2.2 Identifiy and clearly describe three key features of the research design (6 marks)
2.3 Why is the research design appropriate for the study? (10 marks)

3. Sampling (Total: 10 marks)
3.1 Who were the study participants? (2 marks)
3.2 How was the sample selected? (2 marks)
3.3 Was the sampling technique appropriate for the research design? Why/why not? (6 marks)

4. Data Collection (Total 16 marks)
4.1 How was the data collected? (4 marks)
4.2 Was the data collection method appropriate for the study question and the research design?
Why/why not? (8 marks)
4.3 How did the researchers determine the sample size? Why did they stop recruiting participants?
(4 marks)

5. Data Analysis (Total: 14 marks)
5.1 Identify and describe the data analysis? Was this appropriate? Why/why not? (8 marks)
5.2 How did the researchers ensure Rigor? (i.e. credibility, auditability, trustworthiness, fittingness)
(6 marks)

6. Ethics (Total: 8 marks)
6.1 What ethical considerations apply to this study and how are they relevant? In your answer
address ethical principals such as consent, justice, beneficence, respect. (8 marks)

7. Findings (Total: 8 marks)
7.1 What were the main findings of the study? (4 marks)
7.2 Can the study findings be used in other settings? Why/why not? (4 marks)

8. Summary (Total: 8 marks)
Using all of the information from your analysis so far, decide whether or not the results of this study
could be used to inform clinical practice or help support nurses to engage in nursing lead research.
There is no definitive right or wrong answer here. Whatever you decide, you need to justify your
decision based on the research literature. You are encouraged to synthesise your answers to the
previous questions to help with your decision but must not simply restate your previous answers.
(16 marks)

9. Presentation (Total: 8 marks)
9.1 Referencing in text and in reference list conforms to APA style.(4 marks)
9.2 Correct sentence, paragraph, grammatical construction, spelling and punctuation. (4 marks)

***** NOTES*******
students must respond to each of the questions provided using academic writing. It is anticipated that you will present your work in a question/answer format using full sentences and paragraph.


– Standards and Criteria for question 1 Aim of the paper
Accurately and correctly
states research

– Standards and Criteria for questions 2 – 8
Outstandingly, concisely
and correctly answers
all questions. Fully
developed response.
Excellent rationales for
answers, logically and
convincingly presented.
Excellent discussion,
exploration and
application of relevant
research concepts.
Discussion expertly
supported by current
relevant research
literature that is
correctly and effectively
applied in text. Evidence
of wider reading.

– Standards and Criteria for question 9. Presentation
Flawless referencing,
with all references
correctly used.
All references, in text
and in the reference list,
are correctly presented
according to APA
conventions. No
referencing errors.
Outstanding level of
clarity of expression,
scholarly writing style
and absence of any
discriminatory use of
language throughout.
No errors in spelling,
grammar or

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