before beginning this assignment. A transcript of
the video is available in
Appendix A
, below.
NOTE: Do not read the assigned articles for this topic until after you read these instructions completely.
Engage with this critical reading strategy by completing the tasks for all four parts of this assignment. Your work should be saved as a single document for submission.
Part 1 – Identifying Relevant Literary Artifacts by Reading an Abstract
Generally, students start reading an article at the beginning and read it straight through to the end. Reading in a linear fashion is not the most efficient approach to evaluate academic literature. Researchers take a more strategic approach in order to quickly sort articles and identify what sources are relevant to their project.
Read only the abstract of each of the articles in the Topic Resources for Topic 2. Using only the information from the abstract, choose the one article that is most relevant to your program and emphasis area. Address the following based solely on what you read in the abstract. Type your answers in this document to submit for grading. Save your document as a Word document with the file name in this format: LastName.FirstName.RES820.ReadingResearch
1.Provide the full APA reference for the article you chose.
2.Paraphrase the problem being addressed in the study.
3.Summarize the main points of the study.
4.State your initial thoughts about what you read. What ideas did it give you about the topic?
5.Describe how the abstract influences a researcher’s decision to delve deeper into the article.
Part 2 – Reading Strategically to Improve Efficiency
Read the entirety of the article you selected in the order listed below. Take notes on the sections as you go being certain to answer the questions before moving on to read the next section. Include your notes and answers to the questions in this document for submission.
1.Findings and Conclusions: What are the main findings from the topic? Why are they important? How does reading the conclusion first help a researcher determine if a source is relevant enough to continue to read?
2.Methodology: What is the methodology (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods)? Who/what comprised the population? What was the sample size? How was the sample determined? How did the researcher(s) collect data (instruments, surveys, interviews, etc.)? How does reading the methodology section help a researcher better understand the context for the study?
3.Literature Review: How does the literature review provide a logical discussion of the background of the problem being investigated? Did the author(s) do a good job of explaining the context you need to understand the problem being addressed? Explain. What seems to be the purpose of the literature review section of a study?
4.Introduction: How did the author(s) create an argument for why the study needed to be completed? What were the issues that led the author to investigate this problem?
5.Discussion: How do the author(s) address their research questions? Why might a researcher read this section last?
Part 3 – Gathering Additional Resources
When researchers read academic literature, they have “a thumb on the back page.” That is, they keep the reference section readily accessible while reading the article. This technique allows them to investigate the reference page of the study while reading the article. This is one way of gathering additional resources that could be used for their own research projects.
Complete the following steps for this part of the assignment and include your answers in this document for submission.
1.Return to the article you selected and find a source cited in the literature review. Then, find the corresponding reference on the reference page. Copy the full APA reference for the source to your document for submission.
2.Look up the article title in the GCU Library. Was the article available to read?
3.Look up the title in Google Scholar ( Is the article available? Using Google Scholar, find two articles that cited this source. If the article is not available, identify two alternatives provided by Google Scholar.
4.How does this technique help you understand that the research process is ongoing? How does this technique help you to locate more current literature?
Part 4 – Reflection
Write a reflection (250-500 words) about your interaction with the reading strategy presented in this assignment. Address the following items and your reflection in this document for submission:
1.How is this approach different from your current reading strategy?
2.How was it uncomfortable?
3.How can you begin to incorporate into your practice?
4.Why is it important to read literature in this fashion?
5.Was there a moment when you had enough information about the article to stop reading and move on to another article?

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Please answer the first 3 parts as questions/answer and the part 4 as 250 words.
The first article name is: Assessing the Impact of a Race-Based Course on Counseling Students: A Quantitative Study. By Tina R Panoe, Krista M. Malott, and Jason J. Barr.
Quantitative Analysis of the Demand for Healthcare Services.
Marcikić, Aleksandra1
Pejanović, Radovan2
Sedlak, Otilija1
Radovanov, Boris1
Ćirić, Zoran1
Management (1820-0222). Sep2016, Vol. 21 Issue 80, p55-65. 11p.
Document Type:
Subject Terms:
*Medical care
*Quantitative research
*Health facilities
Public health
Numerical analysis
Author-Supplied Keywords:
demand analysis
healthcare management
modelling emergency medical services
multiple regression
statistical analysis
NAICS/Industry Codes:
621498 All Other Outpatient Care Centers
525120 Health and Welfare Funds
In order to provide the best possible healthcare, managers need effective methods for decision making, as well as effective methods for management and improvement of a healthcare organization. Analysis of the demand is one of the key issues in healthcare organizations in that provides a reliable basis for efficient planning of future activities, of necessary material and financial and human resources. The main aim of this paper is to present the practical implementation of various quantitative methods in order to improve planning and organization of ambulance stations in Serbia.
Leadership and Small Firm Performance: The Moderating Effects of Demographic Characteristics
Flanigan, Rod L.; Bishop, Jacob L.; Brachle, Ben J.; Winn, Bradley A.
Creighton Journal of Interdisciplinary Leadership, v3 n1 p2-19 Jun 2017
The present study builds on extant leadership literature by examining the role demographic variables (including age, tenure as a leader at the current company, experience in the industry, and level of education) play as moderating effects on the relationship between leadership style and small business financial performance in the national distribution wholesale industry. Financial data, leadership data, and demographic data were collected from 100 small, industrial distribution organizations. Statistical regression models were used to examine the relationship between the independent variables (transformational and transactional leadership styles) and dependent variables (year-over-year sales and profit margin performance), as well as the potential moderating effect of demographic variables (age, tenure, education, experience). The findings showed that transformational leadership was positively associated with the financial performance of an industrial distribution firm. It was also shown that the demographic characteristics examined did not moderate the relationship between leadership and firm performance.