Qualitative Article Review Rubric
- Identify a research problem
- Does the problem fill a void in existing literature?
- Does the problem replicate a past study from a different perspective?
- Does the problem lead to examination of the topic more thoroughly?
- Does the problem give voice to a silenced group?
- Does the problem inform practice?
- Does it indicate an educational issue?
- Did the researcher identify how the issue was located or determined?
2. Review the literature
- Does the literature review identify key terms?
- Does the literature review have several types of materials and sources?
- Does the literature review critically evaluate the literature?
- Does the literature review organize the literature?
- Is the literature review thematic or study-by-study?
- What is the concluding statement of the review?
3. Specify a purpose for research
- What is the central phenomenon being studied?
- What is the purpose statement?
- What is the research question(s)?
- Can you identify the central question?
- Has the researcher provided evidence this issue is important?
4. Collecting Data
- What type of inquiry was used?
- What is the sample?
- What type of sampling was used?
- What is the sample size?
- What data was collected (i.e. observations, interviews, etc.)?
- Was the data collection rigorous, including multiple forms?
- What instruments were used?
- Where any new instruments used?
- Is there evidence a protocol was used?
- Did the researcher report any limitations of the sample?
5. Analyzing and interpreting the data
- What methods did the researcher use to analyze the data?
- Did the researcher acknowledge coding for the data?
- Did the researcher identify themes from the data?
- How did the researcher report the findings?
- Did the researcher summarize the findings?
- Did researcher acknowledge their personal views?
- Were the findings represented in narrative discussions or in visuals?
- Did the researcher offer limitations and suggestions for future research?
- How did the researcher validate the findings?
- Did the findings answer the research questions?
6. Reporting and evaluating research
- Who is the audience for this article?
- Was the article written appropriately for the intended audience?
- Was the writing persuasive?
- Does it include strategies to confirm the accuracy of the study?
Based on Creswell’s (2015) Six Steps in the Process of Research