Discussion: Purpose of the Study

The purpose of the study—what the researchers wanted to explore or test—provides necessary context for the rest of the study’s information. Thus, it is a good place to start when crafting a research article summary. It can be tempting to directly quote the study’s purpose, but as a graduate-level writer, you are expected to use your own words to report on the literature from your field.

For this Discussion, you identify the purpose of a sample research study and use paraphrasing strategies to convey that purpose in your own words.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review the materials on reading a research article and on paraphrasing.
  • Access the research article found in the Learning Resources.

By Day 4

Post your initial 1- to 2-paragraph response that addresses the following:

  • What was the purpose of the study the authors conducted? Write that purpose in your own words.
  • Additionally, reflect on the process of paraphrasing the purpose. Pose any questions and/or explain challenges that came up during the process.

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Document: Article Summary Worksheet (Word document)
Note: This document is a helpful guide for reading and summarizing a research article. Complete the Week 3 section to prepare for Discussion.

Coffman, K., Putman, P., Adkisson, A., Kriner, B., & Monaghan, C. (2016). Waiting for the expert to arrive: Using a community of practice to develop the scholarly identity of doctoral students.
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 28(1), 30-37.

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

For this week’s Discussion, read pages 30-32 of the article.

CAEX 6055 Course Readings. Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/caex6055

CAEX 6056 Course Readings. Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/caex6056

Walden University Writing Center. (2018). Using evidence: Effective paraphrasing strategies. Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/evidence/paraphrase/effective

Walden University Writing Center. (2018). Using evidence: Incorrect paraphrasing. Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/evidence/citations/incorrect

Required Media

Walden University Library. (2018). Anatomy of a research article [Tutorial]. Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/instructionalmedia/tutorials#s-lg-box-7955524

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