During the early weeks of the course, it is suggested
that you spend some time selecting a research topic of interest. It may be
helpful to review upcoming course topics and readings to obtain some ideas. You
may also find it necessary to read widely to identify a research topic that
interests you. Then, you should be able to narrow your focus and read in more
You should identify the readings appropriate for your
work by considering (1) your research topic interests (2) discussions (as
appropriate) with faculty in your department (3) discussions with the course
instructor. It may be helpful to think about the following questions:
Prepare a two to three-page (double-spaced) memo
summarizing your progress (to date) on your upcoming Literature Review. The memo
should define the research topic that you wish to focus on and (tentative)
research questions/issues that you wish to address. The memo should not include
an extensive list of references. However, you may wish to identify one or two
key articles that have provoked your interest in this topic.
- What is the research topic on which you wish to focus?
What are the tentative research questions/issues that you wish to address? What
is “new” about this topic?
- What are some of the key theories, constructs and
models in this research domain?
- What are the three most “important” articles you have
identified in your research to date? Why are they important?
You are asked to schedule (at least) two meetings with
the instructor to discuss your memo. These meetings can be scheduled at any
mutually convenient time. However, one meeting must take place prior to January
29, and one meeting must take place after submission of the memo.
The memo is due on
Monday February 1st at 9am.
Please send an electronic copy and leave a hard copy
in my mail box.