Most culminating projects will contain a literature review. Therefore, you will learn to write a literature review through a major assignment in the core course, FamR 491 Advanced Child Development. The purpose of this review is to summarize and integrate information drawn principally from literary and research sources (e.g. books and professional journals). The literature review should be more than a compendium of facts and findings. It should provide the reader with an overview and interpretation of the material reviewed.
The knowledge and information that you acquire from reviewing publications related to your topic area should help you to:
- Clarify the problem or topic being studied;
- Gain a better understanding of the work that has been done on the topic by researchers in the past;
- Identify connections, contradictions, gaps and inconsistencies that exist in the professional literature related to the topic being studied; and
- Delineate strategies or methodologies that have proven to be useful in solving the problem or addressing the particular paper topic.