Introduction: How did the author(s) introduce the content area? How was the topic situated within a larger view of early childhood education? What is the purpose? Was the need for this research discussed? (i.e. Did the author(s) build a case for a need for this research?) If so, what was the reasoning? Were related studies discussed in terms of the present research? What are the research questions?
Methods: What is the setting? Who are the participants? What are the data sources? How was the data collected? How was the data analyzed?
Findings: What were the findings from this study? How were the findings supported? (examples from transcripts, statistical evidence, etc…)
Discussion: How were the findings interpreted? How were the findings discussed in terms of the research questions? How were the findings discussed in terms of the larger problem within early childhood education? Did the explanation of the findings make sense to you?
Limitations: What were the limitations stated by the author(s)? Did you find any other limitations existed?
Future directions: What were the future directions stated by the author? Would you use this research for any other future research not mentioned?
Reflection: What did you think of this article? Do you believe there was a need for this research within the field of early childhood education? Were there any foundational components missing? If you could change portions of this research, how would you change it?