The ability to read, understand, critique, and integrate research studies and to design a study to address a gap in the research literature is a vital for a doctoral Learner. As you write your dissertation, you may be reading hundreds of studies, many of which you will evaluate as part of a coherent literature review.Select five empirical articles from peer-reviewed journals that:
- you consider critical to your understanding of your area of dissertation research• all address a particular phenomenon and attempt to contribute to theory about it
Part 11. Describe each study, including:
- the research problem, questions, or hypotheses • the research purpose • type of design and elements of the design (e.g., sample, data analysis, operationalization of constructs) • threats to validity and if and how they were addressed • the findings and their implications
- Critically evaluate each study: Does the author make a compelling case for the meaning and significance of the findings?Part 2Write a literature review that explains what is known and not known about the phenomenon based on a critical evaluation of the five studies.Part 3Develop a research question that addresses one of the unknowns you identified in Part 2 and sketch a quantitative or qualitative study that can answer the question about what is unknown and contribute to theory (in some sense of theory you discuss in Question 1).Address:
- the research purpose
• type of design and elements of the design (e.g., sample, the type of data you need to collect and how you will collect it, data analysis) • the strengths and weaknesses of your envisioned design and methods • quantitative: threats to validity and how your design will address them • quantitative: the constructs you will measure and what you will do in order to determine how to operationalize them (you need not identify specific measures) • qualitative: your means of ensuring the quality of your findings • justification for why your chosen design and methods are more appropriate for your research question than alternatives you have considered • your methods of data analysis • how the data you collect will enable you to answer your research question and contribute to theory
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