Writing the Literature Review A Practical Guide

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-11-23
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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This accessible text provides a roadmap for producing a high-quality literature review--an integral part of a successful thesis, dissertation, term paper, or grant proposal. Each step of searching for, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing prior studies is clearly explained and accompanied by user-friendly suggestions, organizational tips, vignettes, and examples of student work. Also featured are excerpts from peer-reviewed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods articles. This is the first book to focus on crafting different types of reviews (systematic, traditional–narrative, or hermeneutic–phenomenological) that reflect the writer's research question, methodological choices, and approaches to knowledge. It describes what all reviews have in common and highlights distinct characteristics of each type. The book includes dos and don'ts for evaluating studies and constructing an argument, and software suggestions for locating, organizing, and arranging sources.
Pedagogical Features
*Checklists and "To Do" activities that break down key steps to take.
*Boxed examples, graphics that organize and visually illustrate key concepts, and summary tables.
*Group activities that invite students to further explore and apply the methods discussed in each chapter.
*Detailed directions for using four different organizing strategies: synthesis matrix, summary table, mapping, and topic outline.
*End-of-chapter summaries and "What's Next" sections.
*Assessment matrices for reviewing and refining the completed literature review.

Author Biography

Sara Efrat Efron, EdD, is Professor of Education and Director of the Doctoral Program in Curriculum, Advocacy and Policy at National Louis University. Her areas of interest include teacher research, mentoring, and moral and democratic education in times of crisis. Dr. Efron is coauthor with Ruth Ravid of Writing the Literature Review and Action Research in Education. She has published numerous book chapters and journal articles and presents widely at national and international conferences
Ruth Ravid, PhD, is Professor Emerita of Education at National Louis University. Her areas of interest include educational research, action research, assessment, and school/n-/university collaboration. Dr. Ravid has published numerous books, including two practical guides coauthored with Sara Efrat Efron: Writing the Literature Review and Action Research in Education.

Table of Contents

1. What Is a Literature Review?
2. Different Orientations to a Literature Review
3. Choosing a Review Topic and Formulating a Research Question
4. Locating and Organizing Research Sources
5. Selecting, Analyzing, and Keeping Notes of Sources
6. Evaluating Research Articles
7. Structuring and Organizing the Literature Review
8. Developing Arguments and Supporting Claims
9. Synthesizing and Interpreting the Literature
10. The Writer Voice and the Writing Process
11. Acknowledging Sources: Citations, Quotations, and Plagiarism
12. Putting It All Together

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