What does a review of the literature do?.
- Examine each of the articles listed below, and then respond to these questions: What does a review of the literature do? What is its relationship to the predefined problems identified by the researcher?
- Read the Greenwood et al. paper. Note how the review of the literature is broken down into two subthemes, “Generations Research” and “Values Research.” Note the first hypothesis that the authors pose (see the “Methodology” section): that there is a difference in terminal values among baby boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y. How is this proposed hypothesis supported by the literature? Discuss other examples of hypotheses that are supported by the literature in the other two articles.
- Which of these three articles do you think contains the most valid and reliable findings? Defend your choice using specific examples.
- Your writing assignment in this module will conduct a similar review of the literature on your problem statement. Clearly state the problem you intend to research. Find one article that you think you can cite. Post a short summary of the article, and tell how it relates to your problem statement. List one step you will take to increase the validity and reliability of your eventual findings.
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