Evaluative Criteria for Each Section
Statement of the Problem or Hypothesis - Introduction:
- Problem or Hypothesis clearly stated?
- Problem significant?
- Assumptions stated?
- Limitations stated?
- Terms defined?
Review of Literature - Introduction:
- Pertinent literature included?
- Review of literature well organized?
- Review of literature is critical?
- Relationship of the literature reviewed to the problem is apparent?
- Research design explained fully such that you could repeat it?
- Research design appropriate to the problem?
- Variables well described, such as: population, sampling method, data gathering methods, etc.?
- Instrument used described and some history and context for this decision given?
- Measures to assure the validity and reliability of the data collected given?
Data Analysis - Result:
- Method used to analyze data is well explained?
- Methods used are applied and interpreted correctly?
- Results of analysis clearly stated?
- Conclusions clearly stated and relevant to the stated problem?
- Generalizations applied appropriately?
- Limitations noted?
- Recommendations for further study appropriate?
- Tone of discussion is objective?
Source: Hall, B. W., Ward, A. W., & Comer, C. B. (1988). Published Educational Research: An Empirical Study of Its Quality. Journal of Educational Research, 81(3).