In Module 1 you identified a research topic of interest and some preliminary questions around that topic. Exploring databases set you on the path to look for, select, and examine existing studies for their relevance and usefulness to your topic. Then you examined them in detail and wrote a critique of one of the articles, looking for strengths and weaknesses and gaps in the research that may have been overlooked. With the annotated bibliography, you selected several relevant articles and not only did you evaluate them, but you also looked at patterns of similarities and differences between how they have presented aspects of your topic and question, continuing to consider how you might refine your research question.
In this assignment, you will attempt to complete a preliminary and preparatory document towards your final literature review. This is a short assignment and need not be more than one-two pages.
The first section of the paper should be an introductory paragraph that states your research question using the relational model; a clear purpose for this assignment; and a map that outlines the patterns/themes you have found so far from the sources you have reviewed.
The second section of the paper (Body) will be an outline of the literature review. To create the outline, examine your selected sources, note the common patterns or themes, and create 3-4 clear headings that reflect the main themes. Next to each theme/heading, cite the sources that indicated this theme. Under each theme, include sub-topics that reflect key points of discussion for that theme. Make sure that the sub topics you include align with their associated headings. These headings and subtopics can then be used as sub-headings and discussion points to structure and organize your literature review in Module 6. Please read the Module 5 Overview page to understand how you would search for common themes in the literature.
The final section of the paper is a brief conclusion where you would re-state the purpose and map, while broadly summarizing key patterns/themes as they currently exist, noting any gaps and/or suggestions for future research identified by the researcher where your research question could be added to the conversation
Two important concepts/terminology to emphasize here are “literature” and “themes”:
Review the grading criteria below for additional details on how to structure the content.
By Wednesday, July30 submit your assignment as a Word document to the Discussion Area.
Module 5 Assignment 2a: Interview Doctoral Researchers
Please note that this assignment is to be completed in two parts. M52a is to be completed and submitted to the M52a drop box and response to M52b is to be posted to the M52b discussion forum.
During this course, you have begun to understand that a dissertation is a multi-faceted research project. You may have heard of the term ABD (all but dissertation). There are a sizeable number of doctoral students who have completed their coursework, passed their comprehensive examinations, but never have completed their dissertations.
You may wonder how this might happen. For example, were these students who did not complete their dissertations really scholarly impostors who did not possess sufficient knowledge and skills? What can you do to avoid this?
This assignment requires you to interview two people who have successfully completed doctoral programs.
Your goal in this assignment is to carefully consider and organize the body of your paper around these three key ideas:
Use the following guidelines as you conduct your interview to help you achieve the above three goals:
Collate the information gathered from your interviews. Write a three- pages analysis comparing and contrasting the information from the two interviews. Do not present the analysis in a question and answer format.
Consider the following as you write your paper:
By Friday, August 1, 2014, post your interview analysis in Microsoft Word format to the M5:
Assignment 2a Dropbox.
Module 5 Assignment 2b: Reflections on Interview of Doctoral Researchers
Based on the information gathered during the two interviews and your analysis of the information, you would have gleaned some key concepts or take aways from the interviews.
Once you have posted your interview analysis to the Assignment 2a drop box, use the Discussion Area provided below to summarize a minimum of 2-3 key concepts that you generated through these interviews. Explain what you have learned from this interview assignment that could be of assistance in your success, and help you avoid becoming an ABD.
Review your peer submissions and respond to a minimum of two posts in a thoughtful manner.
By Saturday Augast 2 , post your reflection in Microsoft Word format to theM5: Assignment 2b Discussion forum. Name your file W7000_M5_2b_lastname_firstinitial.doc.
All written assignments and responses should follow APA style in formatting and attributing sources.
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