The paper “ Academic Administrators Making a Difference - Promoting Peace Education in Jordanian Higher Education” is a breathtaking variant of an article on education. The process of appraising an academic article critically involves evaluating the written work, assessing “ whether it possesses validity” , and gauging its applicability or usefulness (EBP Tutorial, 2005, p. 1). Notably, critical appraisals are important to readers since they indicate whether or not the findings, or recommendations stated in the articles can be implemented in real life, and if so, what outcomes can be expected from such implementation (EBP Tutorial, 2005).
In this critical essay, the article titled “ Academic Administrators Making a Difference: promoting Peace Education in Jordanian Higher Education” will be appraised. In the sections hereunder, the critical appraisal essay will reveal that although the author has included all relevant sections that are usually indicated in a research essay, a qualitative research approach would have had better results when compared to the quantitative approach that was used. The title and its relevance to the articleThe article has a title, which corresponds well with its content. Summarily, the research article gauges the role that academic administrators play in enhancing peace education in Jordanian Higher Education, and this is captured in the title.
Of curious note however is that the author(s) rarely mentions academic administrators in the introductory part of the article; rather he/she continuously uses the expression “ we” ostensibly in the place of academic administrators. By using the first person approach in writing, the writer seems to personalize issues and is therefore likely to create bias perceptions in the mind of a critical reader. The use of first-person writing style notwithstanding, the author(s) justify the research subject by describing Jordan’ s regional position in the Middle East, and the need to foster peace education in schools as a way of instilling society-friendly skills in students.
Agreeably, a reader gets the impression that peace education is important in conflict-prone areas, hence meaning that the subject of the article is valid. The AbstractThe abstract is defined as a summary of what a paper has investigated (EBP Tutorial, 2005; Russell, 2008). The subject article’ s abstract is a comprehensive summary of the paper, and include the aims of the paper, the methodology, and the findings.
Instead of summarizing the recommendations made in the article however, the writer just indicated that “ a number of recommendations were suggested accordingly” . The cited statement by the author is arguably indicative of a shortcoming in the article since a reader would then be forced to scan the article to the recommendations section since no indication of what they are is offered in the abstract. Of worth noting is that there is no recommendations section in the essay. The omission of the recommendations section could however be deliberate on the author’ s part since what would be considered as recommendations are included in the “ conclusion and implications” section. The introductionThe abstract is followed by the introduction which does well to provide an overview of the paper.
The background included is significant to the study since it addresses why peace education is important. Additionally, it is well presented, clear, and concise, and is also convincing to a reader.
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