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Week 7 – IA NOTES – Comparing Literature Reviews


Comparing Literature Reviews

The literature review in a dissertation serves to illuminate the research gap and thereby justify the necessity of the study and the proposed study methodology. Though this purpose remains consistent across all methodologies, the structure of the literature review section of a qualitative dissertation often differs slightly from that of a quantitative dissertation. For example, literature reviews in quantitative dissertations are dominantly constructed around the variables while those in qualitative dissertations can be constructed in many ways. In this assignment, you will contrast the structures of a qualitative and a quantitative literature review and consider a rationale for those differences.

General Requirements:

Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment:

  • Review the Vangilder (qualitative) dissertation.
  • Review the Wigton (quantitative) dissertation.
  • This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
  • APA style is required for this assignment.
  • You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.


Write a paper (500-750 words) in which you contrast the structures of the qualitative and quantitative dissertations referenced above and provide a rationale for the differences. Include the following in your paper:

  • A clear description of the primary differences between the structures of the literature reviews.
  • A rationale for the observed differences. What factors contributed to the differences the structures of these literature reviews?

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Comparing Literature Review
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Aug 26, 2017




Vangilder and Wigton Research Study
In a qualitative dissertation by Vangilder, multiple representation systems (MRS)
were used by the students to represent a personal epistemological change in their own
thinking and reasoning. A grounded theory design was bordered by the work of Piaget and
other Cognitive theorists.The study led to the different definition of thinking and
reasoning.According to Vangilder qualitative study, thinking was defined as the capability to
build a concept, and reasoning was based on individual’s ability to construct a conceptual
framework.In addition to the definition of thinking and reasoning, understanding was defined
as one’s ability to relate to a conceptual framework.
In a quantitative study by Wigton, numerical data were generated to quantify a
problem that can be transformed in...

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