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Pamela Bolotin Joseph
B EDUC 507
Bothell Campus

Reviewing the Literature

Explores how to locate, analyze, and synthesize professional literature on a topic and how to assemble the resources necessary to write a review of that literature. Supports critical literature review application of knowledge product for program completion dossier.

Class description

This course will prepare students to locate, analyze, and synthesize the professional literature on a topic and to assemble the resources necessary to write a review of that literature. This course also supports students pursuing the Critical Literature Review as an application product for the M.Ed. completion dossier. This course builds on the research skills (searching for topics and sources, compiling an annotated bibliography) introduced in BEDUC 501 Inquiry in Education.

Student learning goals

Examine and analyze elements of critical literature review as a genre.

Analyze literature to identify critical issues, questions, and themes and differentiate between types of sources including literature reviews, conceptual pieces, and research studies.

Identify and evaluate literature search strategies and resources.

Read and analyze research literature from an informed and critical perspective.

Synthesize information across sources to frame a coherent review of the literature.

Develop a plan including a visual map of a preliminary critical literature organization.

General method of instruction

Class discussions, readings analysis, interactive activities, informal class presentations by instructor and students.

Recommended preparation

Completion of BEDUC 501 Inquiry in Education. Consideration of topic of academic and professional significance to generate questions to guide an eventual critical literature review.

Class assignments and grading

Class contribution: informed participation in discussions and class activities. Critical Literature Review Topic Introduction: development of discussion about issue and questions of personal academic and professional significance. Annotated Bibliography: critical analysis of literature examples from academic sources Critical Literature Review Plan, Map, and References: introduction, outline, map, and references that forms the basis of the Critical Literature Review as an M.Ed. application product. Informal presentation of the Literature Review Plan and Map.

A grading rubric is available on the syllabus that specifically describes requirements for attaining acceptable, good, excellent, and outstanding work.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Pamela Bolotin Joseph
Date: 01/26/2013