For this assignment, you will write a literature review. Now that you have found resources related to your research question, the next step is to look further into how they relate to each other and shed light on your research question. Not only will you be writing literature reviews in some of your future courses at Capella, but these skills will also help you in your future career in whatever specialization you pursue. For example, as an addictions counselor, you might need to develop a treatment plan that is suited to a particular situation. You will need to turn to the literature to understand what is known and what is not about that situation. Using critical thinking skills, you can find themes and determine what course of action your treatment plan should take. Behavior analysts also rely on the literature to determine evidence-based practices when assessing, setting goals, and developing support plans for clients and students.
Complete the following if you have not already:
Complete the following in your assignment template:
State your research question and explain how it relates to your specialization and professional interests.
Synthesis of Literature Into a Cohesive Review
In the preparation study in Week 5, you identified at least three key themes, or focuses of inquiry, that are relevant to your research question and present in each article. These themes may be based on:
Related aspects of research questions.
Related or differing conclusions.
Other factors or ideas the studies have in common.
Other points of contrast between the studies.
Use concise formulations of these themes as headings for the next sections of the paper. In these sections, compare and contrast your resources’ positions relative to each theme, and then synthesize your own position relative to the theme. Support your conclusions by citing your references.
Granello’s 2001 article, “Promoting Cognitive Complexity in Graduate Written Work: Using Bloom’s Taxonomy as a Pedagogical Tool to Improve Literature Reviews,” provides a framework and strategies to help you work through this part of your assignment.
Restate the conclusions you came to regarding the themes you explored with your research. Support your conclusions by citing your references. However, if you find that more research would be needed to decide a question, briefly outline ideas of how you could undertake that research.
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Written communication: Should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
APA formatting: References and citations should be formatted according to current APA style and format. Include a title page, abstract, and reference list.
Resources: Minimum of three scholarly resources. All references need to be cited in-text, according to current APA standards. Remember that citations are to support your thoughts, not take the place of them!
Length: 4–5 double-spaced pages, not including the title page or reference page.
Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12-point.
Template: Use the Literature Review Template [DOC] to format your assignment.
Submission: Once you are satisfied with your paper and have made all necessary revisions, submit your assignment no later than Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Central time.
Your work will be evaluated using this criteria.
VIEW SCORING GUIDE
By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and scoring guide criteria:
Competency 1: Analyze the role of the practitioner-scholar model in guiding professional development.
Explain how a research question relates to a specialization area in psychology and to a career vision.
Competency 4: Apply critical thinking and effective decision making.
Identify themes that are relevant to a research question and present in each scholarly resource cited.
Use critical thinking tools to synthesize a cohesive review of literature concerning a research question in psychology.
Competency 5: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for professionals in the field of psychology.
Apply the standard writing conventions for the discipline, including structure, voice, person, and tone.
Apply APA formatting to in-text citations and reference
CRITERIANON-PERFORMANCEBASICPROFICIENTDISTINGUISHEDExplain how a research question relates to a specialization area in psychology and to a career vision.
20%Does not identify a research question related to a specialization area in psychology and to a career vision.Attempts to explain how a research question relates to a specialization area in psychology and to a career vision, but the explanation is not accurate or is unclear.Explains how a research question relates to a specialization area in psychology and to a career vision.Evaluates the importance of a research question to a specialization area in psychology and to a career vision.Identify themes that are relevant to a research question and present in each scholarly resource cited.
20%Does not identify themes in the research found.Attempts to Identify themes, but the themes are unclear, not relevant to a research question, or not present in each scholarly resource cited.Identifies themes that are relevant to a research question and present in each scholarly resource cited.Identifies themes that are relevant to a research question and present in each scholarly resource cited, and fully explains the connection between the research question and each theme.Use critical thinking tools to synthesize a cohesive review of literature concerning a research question in psychology.
40%Does not survey literature in a review concerning a research question in psychology.Surveys literature concerning a research question in psychology, but the review does not fully synthesize the literature or is disorganized.Uses critical thinking tools to synthesize a cohesive review of literature concerning a research question in psychology.Uses critical thinking tools to cohesively synthesize relevant literature into well supported and original themes (themes not explicitly stated in the articles).Apply the standard writing conventions for the discipline, including structure, voice, person, and tone.
10%Does not apply the standard writing conventions for the discipline.Applies writing conventions that are inconsistent with disciplinary standards or inappropriate for the intended audience.Applies the standard writing conventions for the discipline, including structure, voice, person and tone.Exhibits strict adherence to the standard writing conventions for the discipline. Elements of structure, voice, person, and tone are well matched to the intended audience.Apply APA formatting to in-text citations and references.
10%Does not apply APA formatting to in-text citations and references.Applies APA formatting to in-text citations and references incorrectly or inconsistently, detracting noticeably from good scholarship.Applies APA formatting to in-text citations and references.Exhibits strict and nearly flawless adherence to APA formatting of in-text citations and references.
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