Foundations and Assessment of Education/Edition 1/Foundations Table of Contents/Chapter 5/In the News/Peer Review One

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Part 1 - Article Components

Learning Target(s)[edit]

Answer the following questions regarding the learning targets:

  • Is/are the stated learning targets actual learning targets i.e. they state what the reader should know or be able to do after reading the article? yes
  • Is/are the learning target(s) specific? yes
  • Is/are they appropriate and reasonable? (Are they too easy or too difficult for ECI 301 students?) yes
  • Is/are they observable? (You wouldn't have to look inside the readers head to know if they met this target.)yes
  • Does the article provide adequate information for readers to achieve these targets? yes

Please make a comment about the learning target(s). If you answered "No" to any of the questions above, please explain how the author can improve them.

Comment: Learning targets were clearly defined and related to the topic.

Grammar and Mechanics Review[edit]

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Poverty, bullying and media violence, and peer pressure all effect the students and the schools around us on a daily basis. I'm not sure but maybe it should read: Poverty, bullying, media violence, and peer pressure....

Poverty is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions. In today's schools poverished children are often lacking the basic nessesities to allow them to learn in an effective way. According to the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (2007), poverty affects the overall well-being of children, from health to behavior, to social environment and education. Poverished children are at times lacking in their educational abilities. The following article is based out of Porstsmouth, Virginia and identifies a school that could possibly be closing because of low test scores. This is an excellent paragraph and the link & story fit very well. However, the end of the article might need a little more to it. It seems as I was reading about poverty and suddenly switched to media (one sentence). Maybe you could tie them together or start talking about media a little before introducing the link.:)

Nansel et al. (2001) reported on the results of a nationally representative survey of 15,686 United States youth in grades 6-10. Findings indicate the 29.9% of the sample reported moderate to frequent involvement in bullying. The following news article shows proves that anyone can be a victim of bullying, and can overcome the effects of being bullied. Maybe the first sentence should read...Nansel et al. (2001) reported on the results of a nationally representative survey of 15,686 United States youth in grades 6-10 and his findings indicated that 29.9% of the sample reported moderate to frequent involement of bullying. (If this is applicable) On the second sentence you have both shows and proves. Either use one or the other or link them with and.

CLICK ON THIS LINK this link would look better if it was center of the box like your other ones.

They can be pressured into negative situations such as trying drugs an/or alcohol, having sex, stealing, cheating, lying among many other negative situations.

after cheating, add and lying among many other negative things. In that same paragraph, I am not sure youths is a word. I think it would read better as teens and youth.

'1. The term poverty is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as

A) The state of one who gains an acceptable amount of money. B) The state of one who loses an acceptable amount of material possessions. C) The state of one who lacks an acceptable amount of money or material possessions. D) The state of one who loses an acceptable amount of money due to a gambling problem.

2. What percentage of youths in grades 6-10 reported moderate to frequent involvement in bullying? A) 22.3% B) 29.9% C) 29.4% D) 27.6%' Align your choices vertically like 3 &4

Answer Key: 1)A 2)B 3)B 4)C Maybe put this vertical also.


For each source listed in the "References" section of the article, name the type of source (scholarly or popular) and the perspective it provides (research, expert opinion from educator, popular news source, parent organization, personal contact, etc.)

  1. .popular- trade journal
  2. .scholary-research
  3. .popular-popular news source
  4. .popular-popular news source?
  5. .popular-research
  6. .popular-popular news source
  7. .scholary-research

List the range of publication years for all sources, e.g. 1998-2006: 1999 - 2009

Answer the following questions about the sources used in the article:

  1. Did the author CITE at least 5 sources? yes. and use at least 2 scholarly sources? yes
  2. Are the citations in APA format? yes
    1. Here are two examples of citations in APA format, one for a paraphrase and one for a quotation:
      1. Constructing a title is both a science and an art, but on one fact all of the experts agree: the title must contain a colon (Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, & Starr, 2007).
      2. Unfortunately impoverished children are often attending “low-performing schools staffed by ill-equipped teachers” (Murnane, 2007, p. 34).
  3. Are all the sources listed in APA format in a Reference list labeled "References"? yes
    1. Here is an example of a reference written in APA format:
      1. Bailey, J., & Barnum, P. (2001). The colon and its rise to prominence in the American circus. Journal of American Punctuation, 34(5), 2-3.
  4. Taken together do the 5 sources represent a good balance of potential references for this topic? yes
  5. Does the author consider potential bias in the sources? I believe so, yes.
  6. Are most of the sources current (less than 5 years old)? yes

Please make a comment about the sources. If you answered "No" to any of the questions above, please explain how the author can improve.


Your sources were citied correctly and were useful to your topic.

Multiple Choice Questions[edit]

  1. What does each question assess: knowledge or reasoning (application of knowledge)?
    1. Question 1 knowledge
    2. Question 2 knowledge
    3. Question 3 reasoning
    4. Question 4 reasoning

Answer the following questions about the multiple-choice questions.

  1. Are there 4 multiple-choice questions? yes
  2. Do they each have four answer choices (A-D)? yes
  3. Is there a single correct (not opinion-based) answer for each question? yes
  4. Do the questions assess the learning target? yes
  5. Are the questions appropriate and reasonable (not too easy and not too difficult)? yes
  6. Are the foils (the response options that are NOT the answer) reasonable i.e. they are not very obviously incorrect answers? yes
  7. Are the response options listed in alphabetical order? No
  8. Are correct answers provided and listed BELOW all the questions? yes

Please make a comment about the multiple-choice questions. If you answered "No" to any of the questions above, please explain how the author can improve the question/s.

Comment: Just put questions 1 &2 answers vertically and alphabetize them as well.

Part 2 - Ratings

LIST and EXPLAIN your rating for each of the four criteria.

  • Importance:
    I rated this article 4 for importance because... it was relevent, 2 sources were based on research & I had a general understanding of the topic after reading.
  • Interest:
    I rated this article 5 on interest because... it contained many sidebars with links relating to the topic. Very insightful with visual examples.
  • Credibility:
    I rated this article 5 for credibility because... all sources were properly cited in APA format & each varied in perspectives. They were also in correct alphabetical order.
  • Writing skill:
    I rated this article 4 on writing because... all multiple choice questions were designed with the learning targets in mind. Only a few mechanical mistakes, but no spelling errors were found.


To do this: Highlight sections with the cursor and use the BOLD icon above OR type ''' (3 apostrophes) before and after the text you want to make bold

Wiki Article Rubric[edit]

criteria 5 4 3 2 1
How important was the information presented on this topic to you as a teacher education student?
  • Covers key ideas crucial for future teachers to know
  • Based on researched information.
  • Highly relevant to current educational practice (*this description may be less applicable for some topics such as history of education)
  • Provides an excellent overview of the topic including relevant research, educational practice, laws and litigation. Includes in-depth discussion of at least a few selected key issues.
  • Includes ideas relevant to future teachers
  • Mostly based on researched information.
  • Applicable to today’s schools
  • Provides a good general overview with relevant information and discussion of a few key ideas
  • A couple useful points; some irrelevant information
  • About half of the information is the author’s opinion.
  • Some out-dated information; may not reflect current practice
  • Good information is included but the paper yields a partial /incomplete understanding of the topic or key issues
  • One useful point
  • A few facts but mostly the author’s opinion.
  • Most of the information is irrelevant in today’s schools.
  • Focused on unimportant subtopics OR overly general with few specifics. Important information is missing.
  • Information is not relevant to future teachers.
  • Information is entirely the author’s opinion.
  • The information is obsolete.
  • Only irrelevant details or common knowledge. Lacks any substantive information.
criteria 5 4 3 2 1
How interesting was the article to read?
  • Sidebar includes new information that was motivating to read/view
  • Visuals (headings, colors, fonts, pictures, etc.) enhance the article by making it easier or more inviting to read
  • Multiple perspectives are considered and discussed
  • Mostly new information/ideas
  • Insightful interpretation & analysis are evident throughout the article; a clearly stated conclusion synthesizes all of the material presented.
  • Points are clearly made and elaborated on with compelling examples.
  • Sidebar includes new information that enhances understanding of the topic
  • Visuals add to the article
  • At least two perspectives were presented
  • About half of the information/ideas are new
  • Interpretation and analysis is provided for 3-4 points in the article; a reasonable conclusion based on this information is stated
  • Some good points are made and explained.
  • Sidebar includes new information related to the topic.
  • Visuals are included but have minimal effect
  • One interesting or new perspective is presented
  • A couple (2-3) new ideas or pieces of information
  • Interpretation/ analysis is included for a few (1-2) individual sections, but there is not a conclusion that synthesizes the information presented.
  • Points are made but may not always be adequately supported or explained.
  • Sidebar repeats what is already in the article
  • Visuals are somewhat distracting or not included
  • Only the “typical” view or one biased perspective is presented.
  • One new idea or bit of information
  • Information presented with minimal analysis or interpretation; no conclusion or the conclusion is not based on the information presented
  • At least one clear point is made and supported.
  • No side bar included.
  • Visuals are offensive and completely detract from the content
  • No perspective is acknowledged.
  • Nothing new.
  • No analysis or interpretation included
  • No clear points are made or points appear pasted from other sources without any explanation.
criteria 5 4 3 2 1
How credible do you think the information is?
  • Required sources are properly cited and included in a reference list in APA format.
  • Information from diverse sources representing multiple perspectives is included. Several reputable and current sources are cited. The author acknowledges potential bias in sources where appropriate.
  • Author clearly identifies his own ideas, biases and opinions
  • Required sources are included; a couple of formatting errors
  • Information from a variety of sources is included. Most sources are reasonably reputable; bias is acknowledged in others.
  • It is clear when the author is presenting his own opinion; he doesn’t try to pass if off as fact.
  • Required sources are included; APA format is not used or has many errors.
  • A variety of sources is listed but the information primarily reflects a single viewpoint. Sources are reasonable.
  • The author occasionally (1-2 times) states his own opinion as fact.
  • Only 4 sources are cited/listed in the references or only 1 scholarly source was used
  • Sources lack diversity OR information from divergent sources is only superficially mentioned. Some sources are untrustworthy or biased and not acknowledged as such.
  • Author routinely (3-4 times) states her opinion as fact, ignores own biases.
  • Missing two or more sources OR sources used but not cited or listed.
  • All sources and information reflect a single viewpoint. Most sources are untrustworthy or biased and not acknowledged as such.
  • The entire article is biased and opinion-based without acknowledgment of this perspective.
criteria 5 4 3 2 1
How well do you think this article was written?
  • Multiple-choice questions (2 application & 2 knowledge) align with the learning targets, assess key points, and are written according to guidelines (see R4)
  • Specific, appropriate and observable learning targets are stated; the content is clearly organized to help the reader achieve these goals
  • Captures and maintains attention throughout
  • All or almost all of the cited information is introduced, elaborated on and explained
  • Writing is organized, easy to read, and contains few to no mechanical errors.
  • Multiple-choice questions (2 application & 2 knowledge) align with the learning targets, and assess key points.
  • Specific and reasonable learning targets are stated; the content aligns with these goals
  • Captures attention initially and periodically throughout
  • Most of the cited information is discussed or explained.
  • The article flowed pretty well and there were just a few mechanical errors.
  • Multiple-choice questions (2 application & 2 knowledge) assess key points
  • Reasonable learning targets are stated; the content relates to these goals
  • Parts of the article capture attention
  • About half of the cited information is discussed
  • A few areas were hard to follow, confusing or oddly organized. There were a few distracting errors.
  • 4 multiple-choice questions are included.
  • Learning targets generally related to the content are stated
  • At least one part of the article is interesting
  • Information is “pasted” together with minimal explanation.
  • Organization was difficult to follow, sentences were awkward and/or there were several distracting errors.
  • Questions are missing or not multiple-choice.
  • Learning target is missing or unrelated to content or is/are not actual learning targets
  • Nothing in the article grabs the reader’s attention
  • Article is entirely “pasted” together from other sources.
  • Poor organization, sentence structure and/or grammatical errors made it very difficult to understand the content.

Part 3 - "2+2"

List TWO compliments and TWO suggestions about the article content

  • Hints:
    • Focus on the work, not the person
    • Describe "There is...", "I see.." rather than judge "You didn't..."


  1. .There are links that enable the reader to watch and read related information.
  2. .Words were not difficult to understand and no spelling errors were found!


  1. .I see the multiple choice answers need to be aligned verically instead of horizontally.
  2. .I see that some sidebars have headings while others don't. Maybe include headings for the other sidebars.

You can make compliments and suggestions that relate to specific areas of the paper or to the paper in general. I suggest a mixture of both. Focus on what's most important. Of course, you can also include more than two suggestions and more than two compliments. The goal is to help the author improve his/her article. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE.

Hcomb003 (talk) 22:47, 14 June 2009 (UTC)