Interpersonal Communication Class

| June 19, 2015

Interpersonal Communication Class

 

 

Project description
Literature Review Project

The topic already chosen is Power Distance. (defined on page 103 of online textbook, link at bottom of rubric)

For the final project, you are expected to write a literature review on a topic of your interest in the field of intercultural communication. The paper is due on the last day of our classes. Your paper should be approximately 4 – 6 pages, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font with one-inch margins on all sides. Please use APA style for in-text citations and reference page. The following is the specific instructions for writing the literature review. I’ll also provide writing outline and sample as we discuss the project in class.

What is a literature review?
A literature review is an evaluative account of what has been published on a topic by accredited scholars and researchers. The purpose of a literature review is not to create an original argument and support your position with scholarly research (this is the typical college research paper assignment), but instead to summarize and synthesize the available research in the field to assess the value of the research already done by others, identify prevalent trends and discover what research remains to be done in a particular subject area. Literature reviews direct the formation of new research questions and are routinely included in the opening sections of scholarly research reports. A successful literature review must be defined by a guiding concept such as your research objective, the problem or issue you wish to discuss. A literature review is not just a descriptive list of the material available, or a set of summaries (this is an annotated bibliography).
In addition to leaving you a better informed researcher in a particular specialized subject area, writing a literature review helps you develop and demonstrate two valuable skills:
Research: the ability to scan the literature efficiently to identify a set of useful articles and/or books and to obtain those materials.
Critical Evaluation: the ability to apply principles of analysis to identify unbiased and valid studies.

Procedures:
Using your textbook as a guide, choose a topic within intercultural communication that interests you. The reference sections at the end of each chapter may help you to locate and pinpoint topics. Narrow your topic area appropriately to make the task of writing your literature review more manageable. You have to get approval from me about your selected topic and you cannot change topics without prior approval from me.

NOTE:
Once you have a subject area, begin the literature review process by familiarizing yourself with the available research on this topic. Don’t try to read everything, but do consider both articles that are recent and research that forms the foundations of this knowledge base. Examining bibliographies to locate reoccurring names can lead you to the works of key researchers in the field. Scanning for titles of studies that are cited repeatedly can also lead you to influential texts in the area. At this point, you’ll want to gather more materials than you plan to include in your literature review to allow for the winnowing out of substandard or poorly related materials.
You need to have at least five sources to begin your literature review (three of the sources have to be from academic journals). No Wikipedia! You are required to print out the first page of each of your academic article and submit them to me as attachment to your paper. (Include citations and links)
Write a justification of your interest area as an important area relevant to the field of intercultural communication. Provide a rationale of why you choose the topic and its importance.

Write a well-organized description of the articles (including the thesis, major arguments, and conclusions); compare and contrast the articles; include your own critical opinion based on your readings and class lectures. Identify distinct areas of controversy among previous researchers/research results.

Synthesize the results of previous research into a summary of (1) what is commonly understood to be accurate or accepted opinions, (2) what issues/areas are still under question of investigation, (3) what issues/questions have not been well addressed by existing research and (4) what areas of the topic still require investigation.

Devise your research questions that need further research.

Grading Criteria:

Meets all technical requirements (formatting, # of references, paper length, inclusion of journal articles, etc.).

Identification of an appropriate interest area, appropriately justified as an area relevant to the field of intercultural communication.

Completeness and accurateness of summaries of each journal article.

Well-organized, well-written, and thoughtful discussion, including comparison, contrast, and critique of the journal articles. Your analysis should be supporting a theme—not just a discussion of the articles. Show how they connect/relate to each other. (NOTE: This is the most heavily-weighted criterion.)

Appropriate use of communication terms.

Demonstration of understanding of topic area, cited research, etc.

Creativity/writing style (please make this fairly enjoyable for me to read—as much as possible for an academic paper).

Appropriate referencing style used consistently throughout (in-text citations and Works Cited/Bibliography/Reference page).

LINK TO ONLINE TEXTBOOK:

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