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For this assignment, you will write a literature review. Now that you have found resources related to your research question, the next step is to look further into how they relate to each other and shed light on your research question. Not only will you be writing literature reviews in some of your future courses at Capella, but these skills will also help you in your future career in whatever specialization you pursue. For example, as an addictions counselor, you might need to develop a treatment plan that is suited to a particular situation. You will need to turn to the literature to understand what is known and what is not about that situation. Using critical thinking skills, you can find themes and determine what course of action your treatment plan should take. Behavior analysts also rely on the literature to determine evidence-based practices when assessing, setting goals, and developing support plans for clients and students.
Complete the following if you have not already:
Analyze the sources you found in your preparation activities.
Review the Literature Review Template [DOC]. You will need to use this template when writing your paper.
Use the Literature Review Worksheet [DOC] worksheet to help you work through the process of identifying themes in your research and synthesizing the articles into your Literature Review.
Review the Literature Review Assignment Exemplar [PDF], which provides an example of a literature review.
Complete the following in your assignment template:
State your research question and explain how it relates to your specialization and professional interests.
SYNTHESIS OF LITERATURE INTO A COHESIVE REVIEW
Identify at least three key themes, or focuses of inquiry, that are relevant to your research question and present in each article. These themes may be based on:
Related aspects of research questions.
Related or differing conclusions.
Other factors or ideas the studies have in common.
Other points of contrast between the studies.
Use concise formulations of these themes as headings for the next sections of the paper. In these sections, compare and contrast your resources’ positions relative to each theme, and then synthesize your own position relative to the theme. Support your conclusions by citing your references.
Granello’s 2001 article, “Promoting Cognitive Complexity in Graduate Written Work: Using Bloom’s Taxonomy as a Pedagogical Tool to Improve Literature Reviews,” provides a framework and strategies to help you work through this part of your assignment.
Restate the conclusions you came to regarding the themes you explored with your research. Support your conclusions by citing your references. However, if you find that more research would be needed to decide a question, briefly outline ideas of how you could undertake that research.