Archive for June, 2007

Writing Literature Reviews by Jose L. Galvin

I’ve recently finished reading Writing Literature Reviews: A Guide for Students of the Social and Behavioral Sciences by Jose L. Galvin. Here are some items I want to remember from this book:

Galvin’s book has details about each step of the process of writing a literature review:

  • Select a topic and identify the literature for review. First search the databases to see what is there on your topic. I’m just starting to do this for videoconferencing. Refine keywords as necessary. Look for research articles and theory articles. Also look for “review” articles that review the literature. Also look for articles that seemed to make a leap forward in the research – the landmark or classic studies.
  • Then Galvin gives details for analyzing the literature and taking notes. Specifically use the same format for your notes. Notes should include:
    • Authors last names & initials.
    • Title of article.
    • Publication year.
    • Database source.
    • Name of journal, volume, number, page numbers, etc.
    • Main point of the article.
    • Qualitative or quantitative. Experimental or nonexperimental. If experimental, were the participants assigned randomly to treatments? If nonexperimental, was there an attempt to examine cause & effect? (p. 42-43 for more details). How were the major variables measured? What are the characteristics of the participants?How large specifically is the difference?
    • Methodology used (i.e. number of subjects, controls, treatments, etc.)
    • Findings.
    • Any explicit definitions of key terms (i.e. videoconferencing is used to mean satellite in some of the research)
    • If the article is related to any others
    • Other specific details that seem relevant.
    • Comments about the article. Questions, conclusions, thoughts etc.
    • I’m going to include a topic code too in my notes too: VCSharedClasses, VCContentProvider, VCProfessionalDevelopment, VCProjects, to start with.
  • Synthesizing the literature. Then you organize the notes into a topic outline that says something; that gives an argument.
  • The rest of the book has details for writing the first draft, making sure the essay is coherent, and a very detailed checklist on mechanics and style.

I have two other books to read about literature reviews and will share about those later.

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Growth Planning

growing plantsThis morning I read Albert Reyes‘┬ápost about Growth Planning. Albert is in the AU Leadership program and so I’ve been reading his blog with interest to see what I will be learning in the program.

Since the usage of videoconferencing is growing almost unmanageably in my service area, and TWICE also is growing, I look forward to learning more about planning for managable and effective growth. Point I gained from Albert’s post today are:

  • Examining and mapping out the needs
  • Noting the resources and people to support growth
  • Using this information to decide where best to invest time, energy, and resources

I look forward to learning more so that I too can plan for effective growth in my work.

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The Simple Truths of Service

Watch this Simple Truth of Service. How will you serve today?

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Learn, Teach, Lead

Here’s an idea from Roxanne Glaser that I want to remember! Yesterday we were working on the materials for the 123 VC: Jazzing Up Your Curriculum with VC workshop coming up this summer. We were using GoogleDocs to collaborate on agendas & notes for an upcoming meeting. Roxanne is always teaching me things about learning theory, group process and more.

Yesterday it was – first you use a tool and learn it yourself, then you teach it, then you use it in leadership.

Something to ponder for sure. What tools are you using that you will use in leadership?

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