Sample Article Review Essay

1240 Words Dec 19th, 2012 5 Pages
Article review : Sample 1
Bell, R.L. & Lederman. (2003). Understandings of the nature of science and decision making on science and technology based issues. Science Education, vol.87, no.3, p.352-77, viewed 15 March 2005, EBSCOhost database Academic Search Premier, item: AN9578033
This review critically reviews the article ‘Understandings of the nature of science and decision making on science and technology based issues’ by Randy L. Bell and Norman G. Lederman which appeared in the journal Science Education. The review will firstly summarise the article. Secondly, it will briefly analyse the effectiveness of the article’s structure, investigating how the information is set out and whether the reader can access
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The article was summarised but this occurred in the Discussion and Implications section in a long and jumbled form making a clear and concise understanding of the main points difficult. There were extensive references cited in-text and set out clearly in the References section. The article was a PDF document which meant it could easily be printed and read. It did not have links throughout the text but did have links in the citation. The sentences were structured so that an average person could read most of the article however in some sections the level of literature was advanced. The overall accessibility of the information was quite good.
Article Critique
The authors’ credibility was established in a number of ways. Both authors are associated with education institutions with Randy L. Bell being an academic at the Curry School of Education at University of Virginia and Norman G. Lederman is an academic in the Department of Mathematics and Science Education at Illinois Institute of Technology. The authors are also recognised in their field with an early version of the article being presented to the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching in 2000. The authors have also written a number of other articles, some of which are included in the References section. The article was from the journal Science Education, which is a reliable and peer reviewed journal. The article was found through EBSCOhost

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