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Lit review superintendent cohort

  1. 1. Superintendent Program <ul><li>Review of Literature Assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Washington State University </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>What is a literature review? </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a literature review? <ul><li>It is an overview of a body of knowledge; </li></ul><ul><li>An analysis of past research that provides a context for future studies; </li></ul><ul><li>A critical review of past research that gives a sense of the strengths and weaknesses of existing studies; </li></ul><ul><li>Connects researcher’s study to a broader body of knowledge. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why do a literature review? <ul><li>Immerses researcher in the relevant literature related to a problem or issue; </li></ul><ul><li>Helps researcher gain a level of knowledge and expertise; </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a context for understanding how to approach future studies; </li></ul><ul><li>Can provide a framework for future studies and help shape research questions. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>What a literature review is not: </li></ul><ul><li>1) An annotated bibliography </li></ul><ul><li>2) Report </li></ul><ul><li>3) A laundry list of studies </li></ul>
  6. 6. Research Strategy <ul><li>Thesaurus search for relevant terms </li></ul><ul><li>Journal article search </li></ul><ul><li>Book search </li></ul><ul><li>Dissertation and thesis search </li></ul><ul><li>Conference paper search (ERIC) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Starting your review <ul><li>Establish one or two questions that will drive your review. Questions can focus on: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Substantive detail </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Design and method </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Findings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>2) Conduct an extensive search to find relevant studies; </li></ul><ul><li>3) Start out with a sample of studies that will help frame your review; </li></ul><ul><li>4) Conduct a synthesis of studies found; </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize a narrative approach. </li></ul><ul><li>Light, Singer, & Willett (1990) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Rubric <ul><li>Clear organization. </li></ul><ul><li>Clarifies what is know about the problem or issue. </li></ul><ul><li>3) Develops clear linkages between literature and future research. </li></ul><ul><li>4) Conveys a sense of current and ongoing conversation among researchers. </li></ul><ul><li>5) Reflects analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. </li></ul><ul><li>6) Demonstrates knowledge of issue, problem, or phenomenon. </li></ul>

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