UGA: Practice Summarizing An Article

Purpose: This discussion activity is meant to help your group put into practice the skills you learned last week about how to read journal articles. Knowing how to do this is vital not only to being able to successfully evaluate the truth (or falsity) behind your group’s myth, but also for the next group assignment: writing an annotated bibliography. Participating as a group in this discussion will allow your group to get ungraded feedback on this task before you have to do it for a grade.

General Instructions:

  1. AS A GROUP, select a peer-reviewed journal article related to your myth that you’d like to discuss. I recommend choosing an article your group has found so far that you think you might use in your Annotated Bibliography. Doing so will benefit your group when it comes time to write & submit that assignment.
  2. Once your group decides on a article, one group member must post that article in the discussion so that I have access to it. To do this, simply click in the Reply box as if you were going to write a response & then click “Attach” at the bottom.
  3. After the article has been selected, each group member should take time to read it over carefully.

Discussion Instructions:

Each group member will need to make their own initial post DUE Thursday, 3/11, containing the following:

  • A summary of the main points/purpose of the work that are most relevant to the group’s myth. For example, you might focus on the study’s goals, methods, findings, limitations, or implications.
    • Try to write a summary that is 100 words or less. So be succinct and mention only what is most important.
    • Put the ideas from the article into your own words. No quotes allowed!
  • Any questions about a part of the study you had when reading the article.

The group should then reply to each other, discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the summaries that have been posted, trying to help each other find the best way to summarize the chosen article. Again, think of this as a way to ensure the whole group will succeed on the annotated bibliography assignment!

I will check in on these discussion after Sunday 3/14 and provide feedback to the group as a whole on the summaries provided, so make sure you’ve participated in the discussion by that date in order to earn credit for this activity.

Tyler Hamlet, Austin Huber,Unnati Patel,Emily Sampson

Human Development

Accalia Kusto

February 14, 2021

Group MythBuster Proposal

What myth has your group selected to evaluate this semester? The myth that our group has chosen to consider this semester is “Picking up, or always responding to a crying baby will spoil the baby.”

Why did your group choose this myth? Our group chose this myth because of the various responses people have when they find a parent constantly picking up a child that is crying; most people say the parents are lenient on the child and the child is spoiled. Some will say letting them cry will help them solve it on their own while others will say picking up the child should always be the first response of the caretaker.

What is your group’s initial position on your myth?

We believe that it is the caretakers first instinct to pick up the child if they are crying but we do not believe completely that the child will become spoiled because of it.

Do you believe it to be true, false, or a little of both? We believe the myth is a bit of both.

Why do you believe this? On what do you base your present viewpoint? One member of the group stated that her view was based on the way she has seen her siblings being raised. She stated that all siblings were raised similarly and her mother is always responding whenever they need her. However, one of her siblings is ill-mannered, while the rest are well-mannered. Another member of the group stated from the experiences she has with her nieces and nephew all children respond differently. Her youngest niece became fussy every time she wasn’t picked up while her oldest niece and nephew did not display the same characteristics.


How familiar are your group members with finding peer-reviewed empirical articles (through the library)? Finding peer-reviewed empirical articles is quite challenging since the search brings a lot of results but some group members are familiar with finding such articles because of research in other courses.

Let me know what & how much help or support your group will need with this part of the project. We think we need guidance on how to choose the correct peer-reviewed empirical articles because although some members are familiar it is still a difficult task.

What expectations or norms have you established for the group? The group norm is collaboration and attending all group discussions without failure and being a team. How will you handle situations where a member fails to meet these or fails to do their part?

We will constantly check in and communicate with all group members every other day to make sure tasks are completely finished. If they are not done we will have to involve the professor.