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EDD 536: Graduate Seminar In Early Childhood Education

Resources intended for students enrolled in EDD 536, which covers research design and proposal development in education.

An Introduction to the Literature Review

As part of your graduate program, you will be expected to conduct a literature review as a part of your thesis or dissertation. This brief 10-minute video explains what a literature review is, and techniques for getting started.

(VIDEO) Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students (from North Carolina State University)

Handout summarizing the Lit Review

Synthesis Matrix for comparing and contrasting ideas/theories

A synthesis matrix helps you record the main points of each source and document how sources relate to each other.  After summarizing and evaluating your sources, arrange them in a matrix to help you see how they relate to each other, and apply to each of your themes or variables.  By arranging your sources in a matrix by theme or variable, you can see how your sources relate to each other, and can start thinking about how you weave them together to create a narrative.

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