Improving Skills: How to Read and summarize a research Article

Improving Skills: How to Read and summarize a research Article

BRIDGE Project 2007-2008 Elaine A. Scorpio Assistant Professor Psychology Department expose students to the major theoretical

perspectives within psychology expose students to the methods of psychology expose students to empirical literature in psychology expose students to careers and career paths in psychology

Subsequent coursework in the major requires that students: -read this type of literature -identify important points in the reading -examine the methodology -summarize numerous studies/Lit Reviews

-critically evaluate empirical findings Often students are unable to articulate the ideas/connections that get them from Point A to Point B Part

1: Read the study, Arousal, Mood and the Mozart Effect and read the summary of it. Highlight information in the study that appears in the summary. Part 2: Read the study, Effects of September 11th Terrorism Stress on Estimated Time Duration. Summarize this study using the Part 1 exercise as a model.

Summarizing the study encourages organizational skills clear articulation of thought logical thinking efficient use of written language

critical evaluation Results (casual observation and anecdotal) Grades improve slightly More Organized

More logical Greater efficiency with language Small improvement in critical evaluation But little appreciation for the activity The Student-to-Scholar Transition Games

versus reality Speaking the language of the discipline Engaging in the discipline with peers BRIDGE Project Sections A and I of Introduction to Psychology

Section I completed the assignment with no discussion Section A completed assignment with discussion board All assigned ID numbers Papers submitted with ID numbers only All grading completed anonymously Students evaluated activity

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