Research students' early experiences of the dissertation literature review

Bruce, Christine Susan (1994) Research students' early experiences of the dissertation literature review. Studies in Higher Education, 19(2), pp. 217-229.

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The phenomenon of a dissertation literature review is explored from a "second-order" perspective. Written responses from 41 neophyte research scholars from various disciplines in an Australian university were gathered in response to two questions: "What do you mean when you use the words "literature review"?" and "What is the meaning of a literature review for your research?" A phenomenographic analysis identified six conceptions, or ways of experiencing, literature reviews: literature review as a list, literature review as a search, literature review as a survey, literature review as a vehicle for learning, literature review as a research facilitator, and literature review as a report. The conceptions represent differing relations between student researchers and the literature. The range of conceptions suggests that the supervisors of postgraduates and other teachers interested in the literature review process need to accept literature reviews as a problem area for students and develop strategies to help them.

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ID Code: 62212
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/03075079412331382057
ISSN: 1470-174X
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1994 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: Christine Susan Bruce (1994) Research students' early experiences of the dissertation literature review, Studies in Higher Education, 19:2, 217-229, DOI:
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2013 23:21
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2013 23:21

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