Think of the research brief as an effort to communicate with your peers about the strengths and weaknesses of research in your chosen field. This is not a fluff piece, but should be a thoughtful evaluation of the merits of the theoretical and empirical evidence. No more than 5 pages. The critique must address the following:

Why is the research topic important and why should we care about it?

What is the design of the article you chose and what indicators suggest a particular design
(e.g. phenomenological, ethnography, descriptive, causal‐comparative, etc.)?

What was the sampling technique and is there any sampling bias that you could identify? Any recommendations to improve the sampling?

How were the variables/themes measured (e.g. surveys, interviews, observations, etc.) and were these reliable, valid, credible measurement techniques? How can you tell? Any recommendations to improve the measurement?

What were the main findings/results?

How did the authors address issues of study validity and reliability? Are there any issues of validity or reliability that might lead you to interpret the results with caution (for quantitative studies)? For qualitative methods – did the authors take steps to ensure credibility and trustworthiness of the findings?

How could you apply the information from the article to tell educators something meaningful about the research? This should be thoughtful and more than a single paragraph.

Use the following article:
Title: Is the High School Principal the Single Agent of Dropout Prevention as Suggested by the State Board of Education?
Authors: Sidney L. Brown, PhD
Source: National Forum of Educational Administration and Supervision Journal, 2012, Vol. 29 No. 4

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1.0 Executive Summary
The research paper attempts to investigate the relationship between changes in High School Principals and dropout of cases of students in the subsequent year of the administrators change. The study is based on a study carried out on two schools in Northern Alabama. The data used in the study was from the State Department of Education School Report Cards in comparison with school principals changes in the respective schools. As much as the method of carrying out the study was not done in the right way using acceptable standards as well as not representative in any way of the entire nation, the study demonstrates that the topic should further be investigated. School dropout rates are a concern for educators, government, parents as well as the rest of society. Therefore, it is vital that this study be conducted in a scientific manner in the hope that it may help provide a solution to policy makers and decision makers in their efforts of dropout prevention. This type of research requires the generation of numerical data that can later be transformed into useable statistics by way of observation and recording of the relevant data of dropout rates over time (Wyse, 2011).

2.0 Introduction
A study done by the State Board Education suggested that there was a core-relation between the rates of High School dropout and individual specific school administrators that are commonly known as the High School Principals....
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