Introduction to Research Problems and Lit Reviews


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  • Clay: Group and Chapter Introductions
  • Lateshia
  • Lateshia
  • Lateshia
  • Clay
  • Clay
  • Bonnie
  • Kelly
  • Kelly
  • Kelly
  • Kelly
  • Bonnie
  • Bonnie
  • Bonnie
  • Group 5 Closing Slide
  • Introduction to Research Problems and Lit Reviews

    1. 1. Chapter 3A: Selecting a Problem and Reviewing the Research D O T S Connecting the Bonnie Green, Clayton Jolley, Kelly Jones & Lateshia Warren
    2. 2. Selecting a Problem oFirst... oSecond... oFatal Errors • Falling in love with your idea • Sticking with the first idea • Doing something trivial • Don’t bite off more than you can chew • Don’t do what has already been done Selecting a ProblemI
    3. 3. Selecting a Problem oPersonal experience and first hand knowledge oLooking for research questions that reflect the next step in the research process oYou may have to come up with a question for class or to meet a deadline Defining Your InterestII
    4. 4. Selecting a Problem Select a topic of interest and go to the body of literature Ideas, Ideas, Ideas… II I
    5. 5. Selecting a Problem From Table 3A Idea - Research Question - Hypothesis I V Research Interest or Idea Research Problem or Question Research Hypothesis Open Classroom and Academic Success What is the effect of open verses traditional classrooms on reading level? Children who are taught reading in an open classroom setting will read at a higher grade level than children who are taught reading in a traditional setting.
    6. 6. Selecting a Problem oGeneral Sources oSecondary Sources oPrimary Sources Reviewing the LiteratureV
    7. 7. Selecting a Problem o What does a research article look like? o If you are not sure, ask the experts! o Faculty Advisers o Subject Librarians o Criteria for judging a research study o Review of previous research o Relevancy of problem & purpose o Clear, testable hypothesis o Method clearly defined & feasible o Does the sample represent the population? o Are the results related to the hypothesis & review of literature o Current & reputable references o Clearly written report Reading & Evaluating Research V I
    8. 8. Selecting a ProblemResearch Like A Scholar VI I
    9. 9. Selecting a ProblemElectronic Research Tools VI I oDatabases vs. Internet oSearch Engines oKeywords, Boolean logic oAdvanced Search Options oGoogle: Features, Tabs, Advanced oGoogle Scholar oOther Search Engines oLibrary Resources
    10. 10. Selecting a Problem Bibliographic Database Programs VII I oTools to Manage References oImport, Export, Store, Organize, Cite o Citation, EndNote, ProCite, Biblioscape o Zotero (free and easy to use) o RefWorks (subscription provided by Mercer)
    11. 11. Selecting a Problem Research Activities, The Internet, and the WWW I X o Network – computers and other devices connected in order to share resources o Email (and SMS) o News groups subscriptions o Today = RSS feeds, Blogs and News sites o Wikis o World Wide Web o Browsers o Servers o URL o Domain o Data no longer = text (images, video & the Invisible Web)
    12. 12. Selecting a Problem Six Hints for Writing the Literature Review X • Read other literature reviews • Create a unified theme • Use a system to organize materials • Work from an outline • Build bridges between elements • Practice your writing!
    13. 13. Selecting a ProblemReflectionsX o Writing a quality research paper requires: oPassion oKnowledge oPerseverance oPatience oIntegrity
    14. 14. Selecting a Problem oSelect a problem oDefine your interests oCreate a research question oReview & evaluate previous research oWrite the review of literature Let’s Connect the D O T S
    15. 15. Selecting a Problem and Reviewing the Research C References Salkind, N.J. (2009). Exploring research. (7th edition). New Jersey: Pearson. Pictures from Google Images H A P T E R 3 A