Literature Review for Applied Research – EDUC 850

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides education practitioners in the doctoral program with research skills and strategies for conducting a literature review for applied research. Critical thinking skills, synthesis of information, and application of the literature are emphasized to support the feasibility and relevance of a capstone project.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Selecting a capstone research topic early in the doctoral journey is essential for timely completion. It is also important for the doctoral candidate to be able to show the practical contribution his/her research will make to the field. This course will help the candidate narrow and refine his/her research focus through developing an argument for his/her proposed research that is grounded in a literature review.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Identify a general topic of interest for the capstone project research.
  2. Create an annotated bibliography on his/her research topic.
  3. Develop an outline of his/her literature review.
  4. Differentiate between summarizing, analyzing, and synthesizing the literature.
  5. Write a literature review on his/her research topic.
  6. Use theory and research to establish the significance of his/her proposed research.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–250 words. The candidate must include a word count at the end of each thread and reply. Where applicable, the candidate must use references to support his/her points using current APA format. (MLO: A, D, F)

Literature Review Forms

The candidate will submit a document containing 2 literature reviews and 2 meta-analyses that pertain to his/her research topic for the capstone project. All articles for this assignment must have completed “Literature Review” or “Meta-Analysis” review forms that are clear, concise, at least 1 page, and submitted as 1 document. All articles must be no more than 5 years old and must be cited using current APA format. (MLO: B)

Research Review Forms

The candidate will submit a document containing 5 original research articles that pertain to his/her research topic for the capstone project. Research articles must be no more than 5 years old, must be from peer-reviewed journals, and must be cited using current APA format where applicable. Each form must be 2–3 pages, and all the forms must be submitted as 1 document. (MLO: B)

Theory Review Forms

The candidate will submit a document containing 4 theoretical articles or books centered on 1–2 well-established theories that may guide his/her capstone research. The template for this assignment is available in Blackboard. All articles and books for this assignment must be as current as possible and must be cited using current APA format. Each form must be 1–2 pages, and all the forms must be submitted as 1 document. (MLO: B)

Annotated Bibliography

The candidate will create an Annotated Bibliography that will serve as the research foundation of his/her Literature Review. The candidate may use sources identified in earlier assignments. The bibliography must use at least 10 data-driven, peer-reviewed journal articles related to the candidate’s topic. Current APA format must be followed (including a title page). The 10 empirical, scholarly journal articles must have been published within the last 5 years. There are a variety of designs that the candidate can use in the Literature Review. The candidate must not use sources that are practitioner articles, conference papers, book reviews, editorials, etc. The candidate must provide a title page, abstract, and reference page. The abstract must be a 120–150-word summary of the overall results of the candidate’s research. Each citation must be accompanied by a substantive annotation of 150–200 words. The entire assignment must be 1,500–2,500 words. (MLO: B)

Literature Review Outline

The candidate will create a detailed outline that will serve as a guide for the Literature Review. The outline will follow the basic structure of the capstone project template and must have at least 3-level headings within the Related Literature section. The outline must include all relevant citations from the candidate’s Annotated Bibliography, follow current APA format, and utilize at least 15 empirical, scholarly sources that have been published within the last 5 years. The outline must be 1,000–1,500 words. The assignment, as a whole, must be at least 6 pages. The candidate must use a variety of respected sources in his/her Literature Review. An example of this assignment is available in Blackboard. (MLO: C)

Literature Review

The candidate will create a narrative review of the literature on his/her research topic. The Literature Review will follow the basic structure of the capstone project template and be at least 10 pages, excluding title and reference pages. The Literature Review must: include all relevant citations from the candidate’s Annotated Bibliography and Outline; follow current APA format; and utilize at least 15 empirical, scholarly sources that have been published within the last 5 years. The paper must be 3,500–4,000 words and at least 10 pages, not including the title and reference pages. An example of this assignment is available in Blackboard. (MLO: D, E, F)

Quizzes (2)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice and/or true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit. (MLO: E)