In this assignment, you will compare and contrast articles from research and the popular media and evaluate their applicability to early childhood practice.
Locate a peer-reviewed article related to early childhood development – a topic of interest to you, such as music and cognitive development. The article should be no older than 5 to 7 years.
A good place to search is the college database or Google Scholar. Peer-reviewed articles, also called scholarly sources, are written by experts in a field and written to keep others interested in that field up to date on the most recent research, findings, and news (see Module 1 Learning Objects).
Dissect the research article, paraphrasing the material found related to:
- Purpose or hypothesis of the study
- What the author(s) hoped to find
- Issue being researched
- Other research done on the topic
- Theorists or theories used as a framework for the study
- How participants were found or recruited
- Demographics of the participants
- Summary of the discussion and conclusions (the main points you took away from the reading)
- Recommendations for further research
Part 2: Dissecting a Popular Article
Locate an article in the popular media on the same topic as the research article.
A popular media article is not found in a scholarly journal. These are articles you would find in a magazine you can purchase at the book or grocery store; something online at sites such as The Huffington Post, CNN, or a parenting or teacher website. A rule of thumb: if the article does not have scholarly resources, it is considered popular media.
Compare and contrast the two articles. In the comparison and contrast, complete the following:
- Synopsis of each article
- Explanation of how the articles are the same
- Explanation of the differences between the two (be specific). (For example, is one article more credible than the other? What makes this so?)
- How comparing and contrasting the articles affects your feelings about and understanding of the topic
- How each article applies to work in early childhood education
- Complete, APA 7th edition formatted citations for both articles