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Analysis of Professional Literature

James Neill
Last updated:
23 Jan 2003

     
 
As we expand the island of knowledge
so the shores of wonder grow

(paraphrasing Ralph W. Sockman)
 
 
 
 

Class 1: Introduction

 

 

Assessment

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Format

Due Date

Task 1: Research Question Ideas & Development

5

open format

Jan 29, Week 2
Task 2: Final Research Question, Research Thesis, Definition of Key Terms & Annotated Reading List

5

open format

Feb 5, Week 3
Task 3: Literature Review - Plan

5

2 pages - bullet points

Feb. 12, Week 4

Task 4: Literature Review - Draft

10

Written paper

Feb. 26, Week 6

Task 5: Quantitative Research Exam

15

Short answer April 2, Week 10
Task 6: Qualitative Research Exam

15

Short answer April 9, Week 11

Task 7: Literature Review – Final

20

Written paper

April 16, Week 12

Task 8: Research Design

15

Presentation

April 23, Week 13

Task 9: IRB Form

10

IRB Proposal

May 20, Week 14

 

Schedule

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Date

Class Content

Pre-requisite Reading

Learning Exercises /  Assessment

1

Jan 23

Class 1:
INTRODUCTION

  • Overview

  • Scientific inquiry

  • Philosophy, theory, models, research, evaluation, thesis, & project

  • Research process

  • Research questions

  • Brainstorming

  • Concept mapping

  • Tasks for Week 2

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  • Task 1: Research Question Ideas & Development

2

Jan 30

RESEARCH QUESTIONS

  • Refining the research question

  • Skeleton of a research project

  • Annotated reading and resource lists

  • Evaluating quality of resources

  • Searching strategies & tips

  • Thesis guidelines

  • TBA

  • Task 2: Final Research Question, Research Thesis, Definition of Key Terms & Annotated Reading List

3

Feb 6

LITERATURE REVIEWING

  • Structuring a literature review (The Funnel)

  • Preparing an outline

  • Types of literature reviews - traditional vs. meta-analytic

  • Referencing

  • Weiss, “Why ask Why?

  • Gall Ch1 (pp3-41)

  • Rozakis Ch4 “Statement”

  • Rozakis Ch12 “Outline”

  • Gall Ch 4 “Review Lit.”

  • Refined research question

  • Annotated reading and resource list

  • Lit. review thesis statement

4

Feb 13

QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH I: DESIGN

  • Quantitative Research I: Designs
  • Experimental
  • Quasi-experimental
  • Non-experimental
  • Gall Ch10-13 “Quant. Research Design”

  • Literature review plan due

5

Feb 20

QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH I: METHOD

  • Quantitative Research II: Methods
  • Sampling

  • Measurement

  • Analysis

  • Gall Ch6 “Sample”

  • Weiss “Who’s on 1st?

  • Gall Ch7 “Tests”, 8 “Questionnaires”, 9 “Observation & Content”

  • Gall Ch5 “Statistics”

  • Weiss “San Jose?”

 

6

Feb 27

QUALITATIVE RESEARCH I: INTRODUCTION

  • Qualitative Research I:
  • Introduction
  • Types
  • Examples
  • Gall Ch 15 “Qualitative Research”
  • 1st draft lit. review due

 

7

Mar 6

QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH II: OBSERVING

  • Qualitative Research II: Observing

  • Rozakis Ch13 “Style”

  • Rozakis Ch14 “Sources”

  • Qualitative Readings - TBA

 

8

Mar 13

QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH II: INTERVIEWING

  • Qualitative Research III: Interviewing

  • Gall Ch14 “Case Study”

  • Gall Ch 9 “Observation”

  • Qualitative Readings – TBA

  • 2nd draft lit. review due

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Mar 20

SPRING BREAK – NO CLASS

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9

Mar 27

RESEARCH ETHICS

  • Human ethics

  • Professional ethics

  • Completing an IRB Form

  •  IRB Guidelines

 

10 Apr 3 INSTRUCTOR AWAY – NO CLASS -
  • Quantitative Research Exam

11

Apr 10

INSTRUCTOR AWAY – NO CLASS

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  • Qualitative Research Exam

12

Apr 17

INSTRUCTOR AWAY – NO CLASS -  

13

Apr 24

PRESENTATIONS I

  • 10-15 min. presentations of literature review and research design proposals + 5-10 minute discussion

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  • Literature review

 

14

May 1

PRESENTATIONS II

  • 10-15 min. presentations of literature review and research design proposals + 5-10 minute discussion

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  • Research design

 

15

May 8

PRESENTATIONS III

  • 10-15 min. presentations of literature review and research design proposals + 5-10 minute discussion

  • Review and Evaluate

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  • IRB form