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Week 2 Assignment 1: Literature Review Overview: Last week



Week 2 Assignment 1: Literature Review

Overview:

Last week candidates had the opportunity to talk to colleagues regarding areas of concern that are pertinent to the field of counseling. This week candidates will conduct a search of the literature about their topic and write a small-scale literature review.

General Instructions

Using the following resources:

· Your reading from the textbook and discussion board posted chapter

· Research Proposal Template in the Resource section of the course

· Lamar library search program

· Google Scholar or another search program

1. Locate and download at least six peer-reviewed, empirical study articles on the topic of your chosen study that have been published within the last 10 years using the Lamar library search program, Google Scholar, or another search program.

2. Create an APA formatted reference document for the six articles. You must provide in-text citations for each of your articles.

3. Summarize/paraphrase each article in 3 to 4 sentences noting key points – findings and conclusions.

4. From the summaries, identify at least two themes or subheadings.

5. Finally, write your small-scale literature review following the outline below.

Outline for writing your small-scale literature review:

 

Introduction

The introduction is used to establish the context of your review to the reader. To establish the context, it is important to do the following in this opening paragraph:

a. Define the topic of your study and provide any background information that helps your reader to understand the topic.

b. Explain your reason (perspective) for reviewing the literature on this topic.

c. State your research question(s) for this review.

Body

This section of your small-scale review
describes findings from articles that provide answers to your inquiry question. Before you begin this section, be sure that you have sorted your articles into different themes based on the articles’ 
findings (sometimes called results). After you sort your articles, it is important to give your sorted groups a descriptive name. The names of the sorted articles will become your headings for each of the paragraphs that you write in the body of your review. Be sure to provide in-text citations for each of your references. You should have a minimum of 2 subheadings with at least 2 references for each subheadings and each subheading should contain a minimum of 1 well-developed paragraph. (Note: One subheading may have 2 references and the other may have 4 references, or each subheading may have 3 references each. You must have a total of six references, with at least 2 reference for each subheading.)

Summary

This is the last paragraph of your small-scale literature review. In this paragraph, it is important to summarize the main findings from the articles that you reviewed and to point out the information that you found particularly important to know that answered the research question that you established in the first paragraph of your review. Try to conclude your paper by connecting your inquiry question back to the context of the general topic of study.

References

This is the last page of your review. It serves as a listing of all references that you mentioned in your paper. Please use APA style when completing this list.

Rubric


Use the following Rubric to guide your work on the Week 2 Assignment


Tasks

Does not meet the minimum criteria

Approaches minimum criteria

Meets criteria

Exceeds criteria

Literature Review – Introduction

The review of the literature did not include an introduction.

(0-6 points)

The inquiry question was not established in the context of an educational topic in the introduction section.

The review provided the reader a limited introduction to the major issues and themes learned from current research surrounding the study

(20 points)

The inquiry question was established in the context of an educational topic in the introduction.

The review introduced the reader to the major issues and themes learned from current research surrounding the study

(25 points)

The research question was well established in the broader context of an educational topic in the introduction.

The review clearly introduced the reader to the major issues and themes learned from current research surrounding the study

(30 points)

Literature Review – Body

Shows lack of evidence of synthesis of information on emerging trends and issues related to candidate’s topic that are likely to affect school issues and leadership strategies.

The review did not introduce the reader to the major issues and themes learned from current research surrounding the study.

The findings of articles were not mentioned and/or themes were not identified and/or articles were only summarized and/or the review of the literature did not include a body.

There are fewer than two or no subtopic headings.

(0-10 points)

Shows limited evidence of synthesis of information on emerging trends and issues related to candidate’s topic that are likely to affect school issues and leadership strategies.

The literature review exhibits a limited analysis of the research literature findings/conclusions; and/or lacks synthesis describing one piece of literature after another; and/or there are multiple direct quotations.

There less than 6 current scholarly references; and/or less than 4 of the references are peer-reviewed; and/or the articles/books used are not recognized as being scholarly.

The findings of articles were mentioned with little and or no comparison or connection to each other and/or themes were not identified.

AND/OR

There are a minimum of 2 subheadings, but each subheading does not have at least 2 references and/or does not have at least one paragraph per subheading.

(60 points)

Shows evidence of synthesis of information on emerging trends and issues related to the candidate’s topic that are likely to affect school issues and leadership strategies.

The literature review exhibits analysis and synthesis of research literature findings/conclusions with logical transitions and relates clearly to focus of study. Direct quotations are rarely used.

At least 6 current scholarly references, including at least 4 research-based, peer reviewed studies.

The findings of articles were compared, contrasted and/or connected to each other and at least two themes were identified.

There are a minimum of 2 subheadings with at least 2 references for each subheading and each subheading contains a minimum of 1 paragraphs. Most paragraphs within each subheading are concise, and relate to the subheading.

(80 points)

Shows strong evidence of synthesis of information on emerging trends and issues related to the candidate’s topic that are likely to affect school issues and leadership strategies.

The literature review is well written, exhibits analysis and synthesis of research literature findings/conclusions with logical transitions and relates clearly to focus of study. Direct quotations are rarely used.

At least 6 current scholarly references, including 100% research-based, peer reviewed studies.

The findings/results of articles were thoughtfully compared, contrasted and/or connected to each other and at least two themes were identified.

There are a minimum of 2 subheadings with at least 2 references for each subheading and each subheading contains a minimum of 1 well-developed paragraph. All paragraphs within each subheading are concise, cohesive, and relate to the subheading.

(100 points)

Literature Review – Conclusion

The review of the literature did not include a conclusion.

(0 points)

The conclusion of the review did not summarize the knowledge found from the review.

(25 points)

The conclusion of the review summarized the knowledge found from this review.

(30 points)

The conclusion of the review summarized the knowledge found from this review and related the knowledge gain to the research question(s).

(40 points)

Literature Review – References

The review of the literature did not include references.

(0-6 points)

At least six articles were selected; some minimally related to the research question and the references were cited using APA style with no more than 4 errors.

(7 points)

At least six articles were selected and related to the initial research question and the references were cited using APA style with no more than 3 errors.

(8 points)

At least six articles were selected and each specifically related to the initial research question and the references were cited using APA style with no more than 2 errors.

(15 points)

Assignment Mechanics

The review was not organized and/or

there were 4 or more

grammatical, spelling and/or punctuation errors distracted the reader from the content of the writing.

(0-2 points)

The review was minimally organized and/or writing was difficult to follow throughout and/or

There were no more than 3 grammatical, spelling and/or punctuation error that did not distract the reader.

(3 points)

The review was suitably organized considering the contents of the selected articles and/or there were no more than 2 grammatical, spelling and/or punctuation error that did not distract the reader.

(4 points)

The review was organized using subheadings. The review was suitably organized considering the contents of the selected articles and there were no grammatical, spelling and/or punctuation errors and transitional phrases were used to guide the reader throughout the text.              

(15 points)

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