AbstractThis in-class activity gives students practice summarizing, synthesizing, and evaluating information from numerous sources – skills needed when writing a literature review. As a low-stakes, collaborative, in-class writing task, this activity is also meant to help alleviate some of the fears that students may have about writing. Writing manuals like...
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Usage NotesThe activity was developed for a course on writing and research design for sociology majors at a regional public university. Students’ final project for this course is a research proposal with a literature review. However, this activity could be used in a variety of courses that require this type of writing task. The class for which this activity was...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Summarize information from outside sources without plagiarism, demonstrating selectivity in use of direct quotes. Properly attribute the source of outside information.
- Differentiate between source material that is vs. is not relevant to specific question of interest. Analyze source material to identify consensus and divergent views. Synthesize and present material in a thematically organized way.
- Evaluate source material so as to identify gaps in knowledge (i.e. "the conversation") and make informed suggestion for how to add to that body of knowledge.
- The majority of groups write reviews that effectively put information into their own words, demonstrate selectivity in their use of direct quotes, and properly attribute sources.
- The majority of groups write reviews that focus on their assigned question, organize information thematically, and acknowledge multiple perspectives.
- The majority of groups demonstrate an ability (through writing and/or discussion) to critically assess source material so as to identify gaps in knowledge and make informed suggestions for how to contribute to that body of knowledge.