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Literature Review. Synthesis of the Literature. Criteria used for selecting the literature Strategies used to locate sources Limits of the review Themes The main topical areas emerging from your P 1 , P 2 , and Q Logical flow between themes. Synthesis: Themes.

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Synthesis of the literature
Synthesis of the Literature

  • Criteria used for selecting the literature

    • Strategies used to locate sources

    • Limits of the review

  • Themes

    • The main topical areas emerging from your P1, P2, and Q

  • Logical flow between themes


Synthesis themes
Synthesis: Themes

  • Clarifies and extends the context of the Problem

    • Where does it apply, under what circumstances?

  • Describes the current understanding of the Problem

    • Interpretive summary of the current state of knowledge


Themes cont
Themes (cont.)

  • Reviews of previous research, findings, and opinions

    • Explain specific research studies

  • What theoretical framework can be pieced together?

  • Review and organize methodologies used


Evaluation of the literature
Evaluation of the Literature

  • Concluding section

  • Summarize the review

    • Discuss overall weakness and strengths

    • Point to gaps and saturation areas

    • Direction of further inquiry

      • Which ought to support your study


Summary
Summary

  • Salient themes

  • Key research

  • Gaps, new knowledge, new practice needed

  • PPQ


The literature review is
The Literature Review is:

  • Map—plans your direction

  • Synthesis—shows what’s been done

  • Cornerstone—lays the foundation for your PPQ

  • Blueprint—tells you where to begin

  • Menu—guides your selection of subjects, instruments & data analysis


Review is
...Review is:

  • Flagger—avoid this or that route; stop trivial or not feasible

  • Heart—central, critical, substantive, thorough, current


Guidelines
Guidelines

  • Start broad

    • Historical, theoretical, philosophical

    • Deductive--Go from least to most related

    • End with PPQ, i.e., without knowing it, I should be able to deduce PPQ


End when
End when…

  • Further searches add no substantively new knowledge

  • You feel expertise

  • You can support Ch 1 and justify Ch 3

  • Your advisor says “Enough already”


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