Dear EDUC 518 students,
This is your week to focus on and complete your literature review. Try to incorporate some of the feedback that you have received on your review. The most important function of the literature review is to synthesize findings and other information from all of your sources into a coherent, thematic overview of the state of current knowledge regarding your topic. As much as possible, you should also identify how your proposed study responds to the existing gaps in the literature.
Before you begin, please review the rubric I will be using to grade your paper. Here are some tips to help you do well on this assignment, which counts for 20% of your course grade:
1. Make sure that at least 10 of your sources are original research studies with a sample, methodology, and findings. The more current the studies, the better.
2. When introducing each study, please write out the full names of the authors, followed by a date citation.
3. Pay special attention to causality language; a correlation or other statistically significant relationship does not necessarily equate to a cause-effect relationship.
4. Organize your literature review by themes and synthesize studies with one another as you go. The literature review should not just be a series of unrelated article summaries.
5. Be meticulous about grammar, spelling, and APA formatting.
Group discussion Board
This week you will reply to your discussion board group based on your type of research (quantitative or qualitative). Remember you are either in the quantitative group discussion board or the qualitative discussion board group based on you original specialized group post from last week.
We have reached the point in the semester when trying to complete assignments, added to the other responsibilities of life, can become overwhelmingly stressful. Believe me, I understand. I am praying for each of you that God will show you what adjustments to make to maintain balance and peace. You WILL make it! You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.
Chris Taylor, Ph.D.
School Of Education
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