Research students' early experiences of the dissertation literature review

Bruce, Christine Susan (1994) Research students' early experiences of the dissertation literature review. Studies in Higher Education, 19 (2). pp. 217-229.

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The phenomenon of a dissertation literature review is explored from a "second-order" perspective. Written responses from 41 neophyte research scholars from various disciplines in an Australian university were gathered in response to two questions: "What do you mean when you use the words "literature review"?" and "What is the meaning of a literature review for your research?" A phenomenographic analysis identified six conceptions, or ways of experiencing, literature reviews: literature review as a list, literature review as a search, literature review as a survey, literature review as a vehicle for learning, literature review as a research facilitator, and literature review as a report. The conceptions represent differing relations between student researchers and the literature. The range of conceptions suggests that the supervisors of postgraduates and other teachers interested in the literature review process need to accept literature reviews as a problem area for students and develop strategies to help them.

Item ID: 55546
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1470-174X
Copyright Information: Copyright © 1994 Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2018 05:50
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 100%
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