NOTE: Critical Reflection #3 is adding yet another layer to the critical reflections you completed in modules 1 & 2 – this time focusing on analyzing the study used as a reason to back up the author’s argument.
A CHANGE: I want you to write three short paragraphs for this reflection: a summary, an analysis, and a response. Below I’ve included things that should be included in each of those paragraphs. Notice this is a lot like what you completed in the first two reflections, only now you’re putting everything in paragraph form.
REMEMBER: When instructors ask you to read an article and write what you think, this is usually what they’re looking for. We’ll continue to add more as the modules progress.
Choose one of the articles below to read for your reflection:
“To get rid of fat, don’t eat before workout”, by Maria Cheng, Associated Press:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37492881/ (Links to an external site.)
“Research Supports Medical Marijuana”, by Rick Weiss, The Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/12/AR2007021201332.html (Links to an external site.)
“Chocolate Milk Refuels Muscles After Workout”, by Charlene Laino, WebMD Health News: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20100604/chocolate-milk-refuels-muscles-after-workout (Links to an external site.)
“Study: Ginkgo biloba has no effect on Alzheimer's, dementia”, by Elizabeth Weise, USA Today:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-12-30-ginkgo30_ST_N.htm (Links to an external site.)
For the article chosen, answer the following in paragraph form:
Summary (The summary must be objective and thoroughly explain the argument from the author's perspective)
1. Give the title and author of the article in the body of the paragraph to give credit where it is due. (When referring back to the author in the article, use their last name or full name. You are not on a first name basis with them!
2. What is the argument and conclusion of the issue according to the author?
3. Explain, in depth, the study that was given as a reason in support of the author's conclusion. Make sure to include sample size, who was involved in the study, the methods - or how the study was conducted, the data that was gathered, and any conclusions made by the author and/or researcher.
NOTE: Make sure when summarizing that you do not copy and paste directly from the article. If you do, you will be docked points for plagiarism. You may use short quotes from the article, but the majority of it should be put in your own words. Think of the summary as if you were telling someone who had not read the article about it. Be precise in your telling so the reader can get an accurate picture of the argument and study.
Analysis of the Argument and Study
1. What do you think are the underlying value assumptions that drove the researcher to conduct this study?
2. Do you think the study was good enough to support the argument? Why or why not? Think about who took part in the study, the length of the study, and what the participants in the study did. Also, could the researchers be biased toward getting a particular outcome? Remember, this is where critical thinking comes into play. Show me you have understood and can critically respond to what you’ve read. 3. What could have made the study better? More people? Length? Methods? Be specific.
4. Do you think the conclusion (look at the title of the article) of the author who wrote the article is misleading to the reader? Do they read more into the study than even the researchers? What effect could this have on people reading the article and making decisions about lifestyle?
5. If you were writing a paper about this topic, would you be compelled to use this research as a reason to support your argument? Why or why not?
1. After reading the article, what do you think about this issue? This is where you give your conclusion and reasons why you feel that way. Think about your own value assumptions and how that might drive your thinking. Would this research compel you to make changes in your life, or does it support what you already do, or possibly someone you know or have read about? Try to make a connection in some way – were you or someone you know in a situation related to this issue? Describe it. Or maybe another story in the news is like the issue.