Suggest Future Directions Communication Com 207 A
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Your Literature Review paper must do four primary things:
1.Introduction (approx. ½ page)
This part of the paper should include the following:
a. Appropriate title for the paper
b. Attention getter (i.e., citation that includes a statistic, a relevant current event)
c. Introduction of the theory: Provide a 1-2 sentence summary of what the theory predicts and/or explains.
d. Significance/importance of theory you are covering: Why/how is this theory important to communication scholars? Why/how is this theory important to the general public?
Why/how is this theory important to practitioners?
e. Preview Statement: Let the reader know what the sections and/or main points of your paper will be and the order in which they will occur (i.e., theoretical discussion, synthesis of research). This should be the last item, and, therefore, the last sentence in your introduction.
The BODY of your paper is comprised of two major sections: 1) the theoretical discussion and 2) the synthesis of scholarship
2. Theoretical Discussion (approx. 1 ½ pages)
You should draw upon Griffin (and other sources) for this section of your paper.
A.Summarize and/or explain the theory. What does it explain, describe, and/or predict? What are the key terms and how are they defined? What are the key concepts or principles of the theory? Are most of the studies that use this theory quantitative, qualitative, or rhetorical? This summary/explanation of the theory needs to be much more detailed than the brief summary you provided in the intro. This summary should be at least one full paragraph, but will most likely be two paragraphs.
B.What are strengths of the theory (Griffin is helpful here)?
C.What are weaknesses of the theory ((Griffin is helpful here)?
D.What paradigm does the theory fall under?
E.What are the epistemological and ontological assumptions of the paradigm?
F.What communication tradition does the theory fall under?
G.How does the tradition conceptualize communication?
H.What type of scholarship has the theory generated? In other words, what topics and/or communication phenomenon are studied using this theory?
I.Transition into the next section of the paper
SYNTHESIS (I WILL ATTACH THE DOCUMENT PLEASE INCORPORATE) THIS IS THE SECTION I ALREADY DID
The following are five potential organizing schemes/orders that you may choose from for the synthesis portion of your paper:
1. Topical: Organized by main topics or issues, emphasizes relationship of issues to main phenomenon or problem
2. Comparison-and-contrast (choose one):
Shows how findings/results of research studies are similar to each other
Shows how findings/results of research studies are different from one another
3. Chronological: Organized by historical progression in terms of time to show the development or refinement of the theory
4. General-to-specific: Examines broad-based research first then focuses on more
specific research studies that relate to the topic
5. Known-to-Unknown: Is also organized by main topics or issues that emphasize the relationships of issues to main concern or problem. Then, identifies at the end, in one sentence, what is still not known.
DO NOT write a literature review that takes the form of, “Here’s one study, and this is what they found; and in another study…” Do NOT organize main topics or issues by article (one article = one topic). This will result in a failing grade, as it does not demonstrate a synthesis of the research, and your synthesis of research represents a significant portion of your grade.
Make sure you do the following for the synthesis portion of your paper:
A.Introduce the synthesis portion of the paper by clearly stating the organizational scheme in which it will proceed (your options are listed above).
B.Preview what the main points of the synthesis portion of the paper will be (these should match up with the sub-headings in this part of the paper).
C.Present your synthesis of the research, following the organizational scheme and order of main points that you said you would use, and integrating research from the (minimum) scholarly journal articles that use your theory.
D.Transition between sub-sections (each main point of the synthesis is a sub-section)
E.Transition to the next section of the paper (the conclusion)
4. Conclusion (approx. 1 page)
In this section (should be about two to three paragraphs), you will evaluate the literature you reviewed and suggest directions for future research. Address the following in your conclusion:
a.Re-state the main points of your paper AND the main points of the synthesis.
b.Present 2 strengths of the research studies you reviewed (this is different from the strengths of the theory!!)
c.Present 2 weaknesses of the research studies you reviewed (this is different from the weaknesses of the theory!!)
d.Indicate where there are gaps in the research: When you consider all your studies as a whole, what do they fail to address and/or look at?
e.Suggest ideas/directions for future work (you should have at least 2 suggestions). This might include new topics, different theoretical frames as means of addressing questions that scholarship has failed to address, or different research methods/procedures. These should be somewhat detailed suggestions. Justify your suggestions—why are they important or worthwhile?
f.Finally, close the paper with a concluding sentence or two so the reader is not “left hanging.” This can be linked directly back to the introduction addressing the importance of the topic or the attention getter with which you opened the paper.