Literature Reviews and Research Designs

Reflect: This week, we examined two critical processes in research: developing a thorough and systematic literature review and choosing an applicable research design. The literature review process can be tedious and involves many stages. The key here is to be prepared to create and edit multiple drafts and to evaluate the literature so that you have a holistic view of the relevant literature. Choosing the most appropriate research design is also a necessary and sufficient part of scholarly research. Whether you create a probabilistic hypothesis (directional, no-effect, relative, or conditional) or a deterministic hypothesis (necessary and/or sufficient) is very important because the type of hypothesis you utilize will ultimately influence what type of research design (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed) you choose. Your research design choices will also be driven by what you find in the literature review along with the nature of your research question and hypothesis. Finally, advice from your instructor and peers will always be needed and valuable during the research process and in this course.

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Write: In your essay of at least 1000 words, based on your assigned paper, address the following:

  • Describe the family of theories that the literature review examines.
  • Discuss the major gap in scholarly knowledge that the research is attempting to fill in.
  • Identify the dependent variable (DV), independent variable (IV), and the level of measurement (LOM) of each of the variables.
  • Determine which of the six types of hypotheses (directional, no effect, directional, interactive, necessary, or sufficient) is examined.

The Literature Reviews and Research Designs paper

  • Must be at least 1000 words (not including title and references pages)
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least 4 appropriate sources.

Must document all sources in APA style