As part of my doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership, I took a class called Literature Review. The primary aim of this course was to produce a massive paper, which will turned into the chapter 2 of my 5 chapter dissertation. As in all my coursework, citing properly all scholarly works in my papers are a priority. The field of education uses APA (American Psychological Association) style, which is common in the social sciences. Make sure those using APA pay attention to using the latest version, as things change with every reprint. Currently used is the second printing of the 6th edition. A fabulous resource without purchasing the book is found here at Purdue online Writing Lab.
The image below was used by my Lit Review professor to ‘lighten’ the heaviness that can be associated with writing this extensive assignment.
A literature review can range anywhere from 20-70 pages. Mine? Current 66 pages, with new research coming in monthly to add. My general topic is social media communication tools in higher education , focusing on college student use and educational methods to equip students to be positive productive citizens on emerging technologies.
By going through the process of writing a literature review, the writer continually combs through articles until one reaches saturation. In other words, no new findings or scholarly articles can be found. Through this process, one is able to see a ‘hole’ in the research, which will lead the researcher to develop their study and research questions.
Based upon my program, I will defend my dissertation proposal by April 2014 and a year later, by April 2015, I will defend the entire research. It is then I will become Dr. Josie Ahlquist!!
A number of colleagues have sought me out, requesting recommendations for social media related research I am finding through my studies. Below I have included all sources I have cited in social media related projects, which will also likely be used in my dissertation. Keep in mind major student development theories, related methodologies, leadership frameworks and other non-social media journals or websites may also be included that are related to my research.
I will periodically update this list, as new studies are released or past sources are found. I also hope to add links to any sources that have the article shared through such sources as Google Scholar. If there are additional scholarly articles (ideally peer-reviewed journals) you come across, I would love for you to share! Please post the link or title of the article in the comments below and I will add them.
My goal, to one day be added as a published researcher and included on this list.
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