Spring 2008
John Wills Lloyd

Tasks in Conducting a Review
First task:

Submit your research questions. These questions should follow the "whether [independent variable] affects [dependent variable] for [participants]." (That's not perfect, but it shows the three important parts; in any given RQ they may have to be reordered for syntactic reasons.)

Second task:

Use electronic and other means to identify potentially relevant literature. That is, generate a working bibliography. Cycle through the search and sorting activities (see third task), adding articles to your working bibliography as you go by drawing from the references of newly found items.

Third task:

Sort the literature based on the purposes of your review. Select relevant studies and other materials (e.g., reviews, theoretical treatments) from what you found in the second task. That is, refine the working bibliography so that you have a focused corpus of research.

Fourth task:

Create a draft of a coding guide. Think of coding guides as a set of directions for someone who is working for you; you want the person to be able to read reports of studies and record bits of information from each about specific aspects of those studies. For this assignment, submit a general outline of a coding guide without reference to a particular subject area. What are the major sections and subsections of research reports that you should include in a coding guide?

Fifth task:

Revise the generic coding you developed for the fourth task. For this task, however, tailor the guide so that it will get data relevant to your review and add details (e.g., the "if-then-else" logic required for deciding what actual codes the coders should record.

Sixth task:

Submit the current version of the data base showing the coded data for those studies you have reviewed by the time this is due.

Seventh task:

Prepare and deliver a 15-minute presentation about your topic. It should include the rationale for the review, the methods used in completing the review, the results of the review, and preliminary interpretation of the findings.

Last task:

Submit your the working draft of your manuscript. Altough I understand that this is a draft, I expect you to get it as close as you can to a final ms., one that is ready for submission to a journal.

Class notes:
  • S. Byrd's progress monitoring data sheet
  • Learning styles coding illustration
  • LD-BD coding (HTML-heavy system)
  • Tiered-levels intervention coding (knock off of LD-BD)


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