Critical Thinking, Part 3

Module 3 Assignment
Critical Thinking, Part 3

Please READ ALL of the following instructions BEFORE providing your answers and responses to the question/items of the Part 3 Worksheet. First, fill out your identification information, as below.

Name of group members and identify group number   Date:  



Did all group members participate in the assignment as outlined by the group and adhering to your Team Charter Agreement? Yes_______No______


If your group responded “no” or individually and you have concerns about a member’s work quality and/or timeliness/ and/or contributions to the group  and would like your faculty to intervene; please send an e-mail correspondence to your faculty as soon as possible. In your e-mail correspondence, please indicate if you are giving faculty permission to contact the identified student with your group/individual concerns.



  • Group members will need access to the approved article, and course texts and APA manual as a minimum to complete this assignment.
  • Recall: you will earn a group grade for this assignment.
  • Record responses to each question in the “grey” space provided for each question.  The grey box will expand as you type.
  • Your responses should be your own words and written in complete sentences.  “Yes” or “no” answers will not be accepted and will result in point(s) deduction.  N/A responses require justification of why that criteria/question does not pertain to your article.
  • Minimize use of direct quotes except where specifically requested.
  • Requests for tables must include columns and rows if needed. It is not appropriate to use spacing for a table. If you are unfamiliar with how to make a table in a Word document, please to the “Resources” tab in Blackboard and scroll to: “How to Make a Table in a Word Document”. Failure to include a table when asked will result in point deduction for that specific question.
  • Review the “Hints” placed throughout the worksheet prior to responding to the question.
  • Be sure you understand what the questions are asking and verify that you have addressed all questions within a specific question set. Do not respond until you know what is being asked.
  • Contact your faculty if clarification is needed.
  • Read through your responses when completed for accuracy of responses, and correct APA format, spelling, and grammar.


  • Hint:  Lo-Biondo-Wood:  Chapters 14, 15, 16 and 18 may be helpful in addressing these questions).
INSERT the full reference citation for your APPROVED article in the grey space below (NOTE: Use correct APA. Your faculty is aware of indentation challenges and will not deduct points for incorrect indentation).



PROVIDE YOUR COMPLETE ANSWERS to each of the following items within this Part 3 Worksheet.

11.  Collecting Data
11a. Identify the research design for your selected study.  Discuss how the data collection method is appropriate (fits or is consistent) with the research design. (You may want to review your response to question 9a-Module 2 Worksheet)


(Hint:  This is a question that frequently perplexes past students.  It is important for you to understand the concept of design.  Basically, what is being asked is the way the researcher(s) collected the data consistent/fits/congruent with the study design.  For example, if I was doing an experimental study using human subjects and I collected data from observing mice- this would not fit with an experimental study involving patients- right?!  I might suggest that you refer to Resource on the course menu list and review the Quantitative Research Designs Figure in addition to your text-chapter 9).

11b:  What specific data/information did the researchers collect?  How did this information/data address the research question?  Under what specific heading in your article did you find the answer to these questions?  Identify the page number(s).
11c:  Discuss how the researcher collected the data.


Were specific instruments used to collect the data?  If yes, what was the name(s) of the instrument(s)?  (Identify the page number you found this information.  Make a two-column table; place the exact name of the specific instrument(s) to collect the data (if the researcher developed the instrument and did not name the tool, then state researcher developed tool) and in the second column the page number where you found this information. Make sure you do this for each specific instrument used in this study.


(Hint:  Interchangeable terms for “instrument(s) may be tools/survey/questionnaire/measurements/surveys/ test, etc.  However, also know that it is possible that the researcher(s) did not use a paper and pencil type tool to collect the data.  How data is collected dependent on the research method).

11d:  If an instrument was used, what was the type and format of the instrument?  (Likert scale (pages 273; 284-85), open-ended question(s), physiologic measure (for example, a blood pressure reading), risk assessment tool, etc.).  Make a table and in the first column identify the instrument by name and in the second column identify the type and format of the instrument.  Do this for each specific instrument used in this study.


(Hint: You may need to Google the specific name of the instrument and see if you can review the instrument if this information is not provided within your selected article).

11e:  How did the participants in the study obtain/receive or gain access to the instruments/tools/survey/questionnaire/physiological measures, etc. in order for the researchers to obtain the data?
11f:  Discuss who specifically collected the data.  Discuss if the person(s) collecting the data were trained in data collection procedures.  (If yes, state page number(s) where you found this information).  If this information is not provided in your article-state “Information Not Provided”.
11g:  If an instrument/tool/survey/questionnaire etc. was developed/written specifically for the study by the researcher(s), was the reader informed who and how the instrument/tool was developed?
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