Here’s a great example of way that an academic blog post, written for a general audience, can be a crucial supplement or starting point for a student trying to decipher the peer-reviewed literature. From Momma Data —
- describes the study
- identifies the important (and discipline-specific) concepts used by the authors
- analyzes the study design
- gives an opinion about the quality of the paper
- explains the significance of the journal to the discourse
The only thing I’d like to see is a more robust comment stream – maybe some discussion/ refinement of the ideas. But all in all, a great example and on a topic students sometimes write about too!