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This is a sequence of assignments for my Structural Geology course that guides students through the process of critically reading and analyzing scientific journal articles. For each article, I outline the general questions they should try to answer as they read any journal article, then give specific versions of each of those questions for the particular article assigned. For the last article, I leave it to the students to figure out what the specific versions of the questions would be for that article. The general questions are: 1. What basic research question are the authors trying to answer? 2. What makes that research question significant? (That is, why try to answer that question? Why does it matter?) 3. What data did the authors collect? 4. What is the authors' interpretation of their data? 5. Do you think that the data they collected supports their conclusions? Why or why not? While the handouts below are specific to the articles we read in my class, these questions could be re-framed for any scientific journal articles that you would like your students to read and understand.
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