June 10, 2018
Saturday, 2nd June 2018, saw the DoctorateHub present a webinar on the Literature Review. Drawing on our pre-reading we explored the types of feedback the literature review chapter receives in Viva. Not surprisingly, most indicate the lack of critical thinking as a core theme.
We explored the literature review chapter based on this feedback. Starting from a critical thinking perspective is optimal to avoid comments around being descriptive over critical in the viva. Critical thinking is as John Dewy states ‘reflective thinking’. It’s a way of being mindful of self-awareness, our biases and other influences on our thinking. Being skeptical, active and open in thinking allows you to critique and analyse the literature. This enables you to argue – constructed with if (evidence ie: literature), then (rational and logical analysis ie: make sense of it), therefore (draw individual conclusion)…then add your own view to close out the argument by linking your research back to the literature (the warrant or reason for accepting the conclusion you have made).
Being generic rather than specific creates a lack of focus or link back to the content of the study. Without such a link, it is merely a literature synthesis. In concluding the literature review, a coherent argument is necessary wherein themes and categories are tied back together. This aids taking the synthesis to evaluation – the doctoral level work.
We were taken through Theoretical frameworks, the explanation of the relationship between time tested theories and used to guide the study and set the boundaries; and Conceptual Frameworks that defines these relationships by providing a description of the research aim and how this will be achieved. By building your own Conceptual Framework, you, as the researcher, translate your theoretical understanding into meaningful practice.
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