M4A1: Analysis and Critique of Literature Review

 

 

Locate a dissertation related to your topic and research question in the Argosy University online library [or another library]. Review the literature review section (Chapter 2 of the dissertation). 

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Write a 3page critique of the literature review using these kinds of guiding ideas to think about the review: 1) How was the literature related to the research problem? 2) What was the theoretical or conceptual framework, and how was it used to frame the literature? 3) Was the literature synthesized clearly? 4) How was the chapter organized? What was the organizational scheme–that is, what themes or chronology was used? How was it made apparent? 

In Shared Documents, there is a document titled “Review of the Literature” [M 4 & 6], which should be useful for analyzing this literature review and will also prove helpful in writing your own literature review draft in M6.

Begin your paper with an introductory paragraph where you state the name (date) of the dissertation researcher [not the title of the dissertation, which belongs in the References], your purpose for the analysis of this literature review critique and your organizational map for how you intend to structure this critique around the sub headings below. [Note the 5 topic areas/sub headings of the Body of your paper are similar to, but not the same as those for an article critique, since there are no methodology, data analysis, and implications sections in a lit review]: 

Organize your literature review paper using the following five level 2 sub-headings:

1] Research question/problem
2] Theoretical/conceptual foundation 
3] Relevance of literature to research question
4] Synthesis of literature 
5] Discussion/Recommendations

 

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