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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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