Distance Learning Benefits and Problems Article

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Name of Reviewer: Student: Margie u121910Name of Author or Student No. Joyce u3136322Date of Review: 6/10/16Criteria 1Reviewer’s Comments...Structurei.Follows the structure, format andstyle of the selected journalii.Length: 4000-5000 wordsiii.Concise informative title ofbetween 8-10 words maxiv.Reflects the article topic andcontains key words(i)The structure of this article follows the style of APJE tosome extent. Between the clear, strong introduction and therecommendations, the structure is unclear. A suggestionwould be to group the section into a ‘Literature Review andAnalysis’ with subheadings of the different themes.(ii) 4753 words is within word limit.(iii) & (iv) Title is within word limit but does not encompassfull depth of article. Suggestion –The Future of NigerianDistance Education: Student Attitudes and RecommendationsAbstracti.Provides background to the topicii.Identifies problemiii.Informs about the main focus andmethodsiv.Outlines major findings(i)- (iv) All aspects of the criteria are covered in the abstractof this article. There is a spelling mistake of the word ‘been’in the second line.Introductioni.Explains background to the generaltopic, area of concern;ii.Identifies research/review questionsthat indicate and establish “theproblem” and the author’s purpose/motivation/justification forreviewing the literature;iii.Argument or author’s position isstated;iv.Outlines the focus of the article andpreviews the organization of thetext.(i)- (iii) The introduction covers all aspects of the criteriaefficiently giving background, outlining argument andproviding focus. There are however, no research questionsidentified.(iv) Effective preview of the organization of the text in finalparagraph. However, this organization is not followed in thearticle. It is suggested that the subtitles indicated in thepreview be used (analysis etc.) in the article or the preview beadjusted to accordingly.Methodi.Explains the scope of the reviewii.Identifies the research questionsiii.Provides an overview of themethods of selecting andprocedures for analyzing articlesAlthough there is a lot of information contained in themethodology, the flow and relevance of the presentation ofinformation is confusing to the reader.No research questions are identified.Data or Analysisi.Reports on the findings (fromanalysis) of the research questionsThis analysis section again contains a lot of useful, relevantinformation. However, its organization is confusing andwould benefit from stronger topic sentences and paragraphorganization with constant reference to the topic.It would also be helpful if the definitions of distanceeducation came earlier in the article.Discussion and InterpretationDiscusses and interprets the mainClear recommendations are made with implications for theproblems identified in the introduction.1
findings and the implications for theproblem or issue identified.Presents any limitations to thereviewThere was no mention of limitations of the review.Conclusioni.Summarizes main findingsii.Present the implications for theproblem identifiediii.Identifies future directions e.g.,research, policy, practice neededand any unresolved questionsiv.Makes a clear take home statementabout the importance of the reviewfindings and follow-up.The conclusion of the article covered implications, futuredirections and makes a clear take home statement. However,new information was also included.Criteria 2Reviewer’s Comments...A.Quality of analysis and reviewi.Provides a critical, constructiveanalysis of the literature in thespecific field and relates to researchquestionsii.Presents a coherent review ofliterature and discussioniii.Uses literature to inform and supportdiscussioniv.Links to research focus andcontribution are signpostedthroughout the articleThis article presented a lot of information about distancelearning and its benefits and the problems associated with itsimplementation in Nigeria. The reader is persuaded that therecommendations in the article are necessary and overdue.However, the structure of the analysis of literature isconfusing and it not always related to the research problem. Itis also difficult to distinguish between the author’s opinionand data obtained from the literature.Criteria 3Reviewer’s Comments...A.Uses suitable and accurately citedliteraturei.Accurate and consistent in-textcitation method usedii.Reference list includes all textscited in the text and is consistentwith the APA (6thEd.) citationmethodAs mentioned above, it is difficult at times to distinguish theauthor’s voice which points to the need for more referencing.APA is observed in most instances, however there are 2references in the reference list which do not appear in the text.Saunders et al. is also incorrectly cited in the text with no dateor additional names of authors.Criteria 4Reviewer’s Comments...A.Displays quality of writtencommunicationi.Use of subheadings and a conciseparagraph structure –one idea orThe abstract, introduction, recommendations and conclusiondisplay clear communication and structure. However, othersections need work on paragraph structure and topic sentencesfor clarity of argument and meaning. Some sentences are too2
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