Empirical research is the foundation to scholarly research and scholarly writing. An empirical article is defined as one that presents original research conducted or personally observed by the author(s). The articles you select will include the following elements: a description of the study, an introduction,a research question, an explanation of the study’s methodology, a presentation of the results of the study, and a conclusion that discusses the results and suggests topics for further study. This assignment will help you locate and identify empirical research studies.
Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment:
- Locate and print the “Comparison Matrix.”
- Locate and print the “Empirical Research Checklist.”
The “Comparison Matrix” contains a table with two columns and eight rows. The columns are titled Article 1 and Article 2, and the rows are titled Title/Author(s), Purpose of the Study, Research Question(s), Literature Review, Sample Population(s), Limitations, and Results/Conclusions.
Go to the GCU Library. Use the “Find Journal Articles” search feature found on the home page of the GCU Library to locate two empirical articles.
- The first empirical article will be related to trait theory.
- The second article will be related to skills theory.
- You may use the “Empirical Research Checklist” to determine if a study is empirical.
After locating and reading the empirical articles, provide the appropriate information in the cells for the Article 1 and Article 2 columns of the “Comparison Matrix.”
Use the information from the completed “Comparison Matrix” to write a paper of 750-1,000 words in which you compare the two empirical articles. The paper will include the following elements:
Introduction (100-150 words)
- The title of each study
- The author of each study
- Comparison of the purposes of each study
- Comparison of the authors’ statements of why the study is important
Research Questions (125-175 words)
- Comparison of the research questions posed in the studies
Sample Populations (100-150 words)
- Comparison of the sample populations used in the studies
Results (225-275 words)
- Comparison of the results of the studies
Conclusion (200-250 words)
- Discussion of the limitations of the studies
- Comparison of the conclusions from the studies
- Comparison of topics suggested for future study
Submit the “Comparison Matrix” and the “Comparison Matrix Paper” as a single deliverable.