Sample Literature Review Analysis
Before You Begin:
Skim the sample literature reviews (note that sample two is a larger study, so you need only to read the introduction and literature review sections).
Sample One–The Effect of Games and Simulations on Higher Education: A Literature Review
Sample Two–Grading and Assessments: Correlations of Variables Affecting Teaching and Course Assessments
Address any two of the following topics in response to one of the above articles, quoting and summarizing from the appropriate sources as needed:
• how multiple sources are addressed within a common subtopic (how the writers put various sources “in conversation with one another”)
• the value and/or purpose of topic headings
• style of word choices and language (refer to APA style guidelines for assistance)
• indicators of audience and purpose of literature reviews
From the literature review of the effect of games and simulations on higher education samples, the author has reviewed articles and sources that have commonly been searched in electronic databases. These include; google scholar, ERIC, search plus, and Web of Science, among several others. The author searches for sources that have a common topic review them and references those with similar information about the topic of interest. The literature review of this sample has several headings that relate to gaming (Vlachopoulos & Makri, 2017). Some sources and journals have information on whether games should be included in the school syllabus. The keywords of this topic are games-based learning, the importance of games, roles of games, and educational games.
The author has also searched for a combination of all the mentioned keywords to determine the sources to review. For every heading, the sources referenced give similar information and give the same content. The researcher has used both sources that have been reviewed previously and new sources in their referencing. The importance of using reviewed sources is that the sources indicate the outcome of the topic of interest through reviewers. The contribution of game-based learning can be easier identified through reviewed sources (Vlachopoulos & Makri, 2017). The writers address only a few sources within a subtopic and reference them within their findings. The sample has reviewed like thirty articles in a subtopic, but only two or three are quoted.
Lastly, the researcher has carried out a detailed analysis of the database bibliography concerning games. The data selected from the literature must have complete information on the importance of games in various scientific disciplines such as education, IT, business, nursing, and psychology, among others (Vlachopoulos & Makri, 2017). The set of data used as sources must undergo the selection process that determines whether the source is rich in data required for the research topic.
First assignment that is due.
Post the Research Question you developed in last week’s module to help guide your Literature Review research focus. Revise as needed to present a narrow, clear focus.
Then, post your working three-story thesis, following the discussion and examples from “Constructing the Thesis and Argument from the Ground Up” (Links to an external site.) from Oregon Writes Open Writing Text.
In your peer responses, offer feedback on the scope of the research question and the clarity of the thesis. Is the thesis clearly arguable? Is the thesis specific? Does the thesis include implications?
Second Assignment due.
You will write a self-contained literature review of 5-6 critical/scholarly sources that addresses your specific research topic or research question.
The purpose of the assignment will be to more fully understand the complexity of the topic and to help you begin to develop an informed position within the conversation that you will later defend in your research paper.
Your literature review will contain:
• a title page
• an introduction that
o introduces the sub-topic and develops its context
o identifies why/to whom this sub-topic is valuable
o announces the purpose of the review
• a body that
o is divided into three or more topical sub-headings
o summarizes the sources in relation to those headings
o synthesizes the sources in relation to one another (puts the article ideas in conversation with one another)
o evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of sources in relation to those headings
• a conclusion that
o recaps the topics/perspectives that are well-covered by the research
o identifies topics/perspectives that are under examined by the research
o poses possible questions you would want to answer if you were to develop this topic into a research paper
• a references page
• APA style and format guidelines
• 5-6 critical/scholarly sources
• approximately 1500-2000 words
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