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.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog
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.
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 the Course Overview.
The student will answer two Discussion prompts. Each initial post must be between 400 and 600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to at least two classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–250 words. Replies to replies do not meet this requirement, but they are encouraged. Where applicable, use references to support assertions, using citations in current APA format. Quotes should rarely be used and do not count towards the total word count. References do not count toward the total word count. Discussion threads and replies may not be submitted as attachments. Include the word count at the end of each thread or reply. For example, (118 words) should be inserted at the end of each post. (CLO: A, F)
Literature Review Outline Assignment
The student will develop an outline for his or her research topic. The outline must include level one, level two, and level three headings. See the example provided. (CLO: C, E)
Theory Review Form Assignment
The student will use the information from the textbook reading to complete a form regarding a theory related to their research topic. This is a 2-4 page assignment. See the example provided. (CLO: A, B, E)
Scholarly Works Synthesis Assignment
For this assignment, the student will locate two current (published within the past five years) peer-reviewed journal articles related to their research topic. The student will complete the Individual Scholarly Works Template for each article. Then, the student will complete the Scholarly Works Synthesis Assignment template using the two articles. This comparison is where the student will write using their voice, as the researcher.
Narrative Review Rough Draft Assignment
The student will write a rough draft of the narrative review portion of the literature review on his/her research topic. The narrative review rough draft will follow the basic structure of the textbook example and will be five pages, excluding title and reference pages. The narrative review must follow current APA format and 12 scholarly sources that were published within the last five years must be cited. (CLO: B, E)
Theoretical Framework Assignment
The student will develop a 1-2 page theoretical framework utilizing one prominent theory related to their research topic. This paper must include level one and level two headings. See the example provided. (CLO: B, E)
Final Narrative Review Assignment
The student will write a narrative review of the literature on his/her research topic. All comments and corrections made by the course instructor on the rough draft must be corrected for this version. The narrative review will follow the basic structure of the textbook example and will be five pages, excluding title and reference pages. The narrative review must follow current APA format and 12 scholarly sources that were published within the last five years must be cited. (CLO: B, E)
The student will complete four quizzes. The first quiz will be 10 questions regarding APA format from the text reading and study information. The remaining three quizzes will be 10 questions from chapters three, four, and five in the Claxton and Dolan (2022) textbook. The candidate will have 2-hours to complete each quiz. (CLO: B, D, E)