M3 Assignment 2 QUESTIONS: LASA # 1:Literature Review Paper
Thepurpose of this assignment is to provide you with the opportunity to select atopic in the particular area in which you have an occupational or researchinterest, and to complete a literature review of the topic, using a minimum often scholarly references. This will allow you to demonstrate mastery of theprogram outcomes for the B.A. psychology program at Argosy University. Ahelpful Web site for organizing and writing a literature review iswww.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/ReviewofLiterature.html.
Basedon your review of the most recent, relevant research findings on your chosentopic(my topic was -What Causes Perception), submit a final version of your literature review paper. Be sure to include aresearch/focal question, synthesis of the literature you reviewed,well-established conclusions, and points of discussion and/or futureresearch.
- Begin the review by definingthe objective of the paper. Introduce the reader to your focal question.What is this question intended to address? You may state your “question”in the form of a problem if you like. Describe the topic for yourliterature review and why you chose this topic. Explain why you think itis important. It is also useful to tell the reader how the review isorganized in your introduction section, before you the transition into thebody of the review.
- Organize your literature reviewpaper by themes/theories/concepts, rather than article by article. Ifthere is one major theme you want to highlight, state the theme. If thereare three major themes or streams of thought on the topic, briefly namethem—and then organize the balance of your literature review around thosethree streams. Think of themes, theories, concepts, lines of thought, andideas as organizing strategies for your literature review. Your creativityin this assignment is not the content or findings but the clarity withwhich you organize the review and create a context for understanding thefocal question.
- When you are done introducingthe first line of thought, create a new paragraph to discuss studies whichpresent another line of thought or opposing view.
- Your literature review shouldhit the high points of each article. You should not discuss a singlearticle, one by one, like a grocery list. Zero in on the main theme orfinding and then move on to the next theme. Remember, this is a synthesis,an integration of all the things you have learned. You are creating adiscussion on paper, which in turn gives the reader a context forunderstanding where the scholarship has been, where it is currently, andwhere it likely will be heading next. Provide enough details to help thereader understand the significance of the studies you cite without“rebuilding Rome.” Be sure to evaluate the studies and offer criticalcomments on any shortcomings you’ve observed or that have been reported bythe authors.
- Discuss the main findings andtheir implications. Given the results of your literature review, whatis/are the prevailing argument(s)? What research question could you ask inorder to further develop this area of study and contribute to the existingbody of knowledge? Complete your review by drawing conclusions about yourbody of research and identifying gaps in the research which still remainto be explored, maybe even by you! Make an argument as to why yourresearch question is important and relevant to the current work being doneon your topic.
Applycurrent APA standards for editorial style, expression of ideas, and formattingof the text, headings, citations, and references. Remember to use your ownwords to describe and evaluate the articles. Avoid quoting the material andalso cite works when you are discussing someone else’s ideas. Your paper shouldbe double-spaced and in 12 point, Times New Roman font with normal one-inchmargins, written in APA style, and free of typographical and grammaticalerrors. It should include a title page with a running head, an abstract and areference page. The body of the paper should be no less than 5–6 pages inlength