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.
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.
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.
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