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Assignment 1: Journal Article Critique
Due Date: After you have completed Unit 4
Credit Weight: 5% of your final grade
Expectation: 625-700 words (not including title page and references), based on a template, using APA Style 6th edition
Instructions
You are required to complete a journal article critique based on an article in the list below. This assignment is designed to help you read a research article correctly and efficiently, and to practice using APA Style. These skills will be valuable in completing the research paper later in the course.
You are required to follow the Journal Article Critique Template provided, which includes the headings required, the questions that you must address, and formatting instructions. Your report must be in narrative (paragraph) form.
NOTE: The critique must be an original work: that is, not copied from someone else, and not used in this course in a previous registration or in any other course taken at Athabasca University or elsewhere. Otherwise, this constitutes plagiarism and academic misconduct.
You will not be permitted to re-write your journal article critique, so please follow the instructions carefully. Weiten and McCann (2013) give an excellent introduction to journal articles and to APA Style in Chapter 2, pages 77-78.
Articles
For this assignment, you must choose one of the following articles:
NOTE: If you choose one of the articles listed below, no further approval is required. If you have an outside article [i.e., not on the list] that you would like to critique, you must submit the article or provide the particulars to your tutor for approval first - it must be pertain to Chapter 1 content. Approval is at the tutor's discretion. If you submit an unapproved outside article critique, it will not be marked and you will receive a zero '0' on the assignment.
Benjamin, L. T. (2000). The psychology laboratory at the turn of the 20th century. American Psychologist, 55(3), 318-321. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.55.3.318
Robins, R. W., Gosling, S. D., & Craik, K. H. (1999). An empirical analysis of trends in psychology. American Psychologist, 54(2), 117-128. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.54.2.117
Taylor, A. K., & Kowalski, P. (2012). Students’ misconceptions in psychology: How you ask matters . . . sometimes. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 12(3), 62-77. ERIC Number: EJ992117
Vokey, J. R., & Read, J. D. (1985). Subliminal messages: Between the devil and the media. American Psychologist, 40(11), 1231-1239. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.40.11.1231.
Zimbardo, P. G. (2004). Does psychology make a significant difference in our lives? American Psychologist, 59(5), 339-351. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.59.5.339
Assignment Resources
o Finding, Reading, & Citing Psychology Articles
o How to Read a Journal Article in Social Psychology
o Journal Article Critique Template
o Sample Journal Article Critique
Note: Article: Using paired reading to enhance the fluency skills of less-skilled readers, starts on page 2 of the PDF.

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