EDFD715 Literature and Theoretical Critique
Examiners reports of theses and dissertations frequently identify the unsatisfactory nature of research literature reviews. Too often examiners comment upon an over-focus on rhetorical literature to the neglect of the empirical, presented as a list of semi-coherent conclusions. This unit will engage the candidate, in close consultation with his/her supervisors in identifying and systemising the appropriate literature. A conceptual framework for the research project will be developed from an in-depth study of relevant literature in order to show how the literature illuminates the research problem. In this process detailed research questions are to be generated. The end product represents a complex re-conceptualisation of the substantive knowledge matrix embedded in nurturing a sophisticated appreciation of the research problem.