Chapter 2 (10)
|Criteria Quality Indicators||Evident||Not Evident||Not Applicable|
1-1 Previews the content of the chapter.
1-2 Explains what readers can expect in this chapter and grabs readers’ attention.
2-1 Uses the academic publications that inform the doctoral candidate’s study.
2-2 Focuses on the doctoral candidateâ€™s topic.
2-3 Shapes the focus and design of their research.
3-1 Provides evidences that the topic is current and relevant to the research study.
3-2 The literature covered in this section is sufficient in detail to describe the existing knowledge on the doctoral candidate’s topic.
3-3 Positions where and how their work will fit within their chosen field.
3-4 Systematically addresses the research questions.
Considers key elements and includes answers to the following questions:
|4||Do the major and relevant works support the new/original research?|
5-1 Are relationships and patterns (e.g., major schools of thought and theoretical perspectives) extant among the works?
5-2 Are critical analyses of the works included?
6-1 Have all major sources been explored (e.g., conference proceedings, technical, occasional, and position papers, dissertations, etc. in addition to the obvious sources)?
6-2 Does the literature contain or include recent reviews (meta-analyses) on the topic of interest?
7-1 How does the current study build on the present knowledge base?
7-2 Does the literature include critical synthesis of research on variables and/or problems of the proposed study?
7-3 Does the literature address strengths and weaknesses of research related to proposed study, including methodology, samples, and inconsistencies in (competing) research findings?
8-1 Is the literature integrated and synthesized in a meaningful way (e.g., through tables, descriptors, chronology, etc.)
8-2 Is the literature organized to reflect and/or address the content of research questions?
Literature Review Summation
9-1 Provides background and summary of the literature review.
9-2 Provides the way in which the literature backs the needs of the proposed study and transition to Chapter 3.
10-1 All arguments are written in coherent and convincing manner supported by credible, relevant, and substantive evidence.
10-2 Organizational structures (i.e. introduction, headings for core areas, transition between the paragraphs, and conclusion) are purposeful, effective, and skillful.
10-3 Uses conventions of the academic writing style (grammar, punctuation, spelling) are at the level expected for publication; consistently uses an effective academic voice and scholarly tone.)
10-4 Adheres to APA style in text citations, references, and conventions to reduce bias in language.