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ASSIGNMENT: Research Article Summaries

Locate two peer-reviewed research articles, and provide a summary and analysis of the articles: articles must be published within the last 5 years, articles must be peer-reviewed, and they must be in the field of Family and Consumer Sciences

Choose a topic that interests you and relates to FCS and your concentration!

Search databases for two articles: 


When you have two articles, identify the following:

1. Purpose of Study (1 point)
2. Theoretical Framework (If any; if none, state that) (1 point)

  • Theoretical frameworks provide a particular perspective, or lens, through which to examine a topic.​
  • Theoretical information may be mentioned in a subheading, or referred to elsewhere in the document. Scan the document for terms such as theory, framework, conceptual, perspective, etc.
  • The theoretical framework involves a discussion of (1) the research problem and (2) the rationale for conducting an investigation of the problem. These two factors form the basis of a theoretical framework section of the research proposal.

3. Summary of sample and population used in study (1 point)
4. Data collection methods used in research (1 point)
5. Summary of Findings/key points (3 points)
6. Implications for FCS professionals (2 points)
7. Article reference, in proper APA format, including a hyperlink to the article if found online (1 point)

ASSIGNMENT: Research Proposal Assignment

Develop a research proposal to further explore the selected topic. Ideas and observations should be transformed into a carefully designed project that could feasibly be conducted.

Your research proposal will include the following:

  1. Introduction
  2. Theoretical conceptualization
  3. Study Purpose
  4. Literature review (find at least three closely related studies)
  5. Methods
  6. Anticipated results
  7. Discussion
  8. Implications
  9. References

Is this article peer-reviewed?

Article Summary Activity

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