week 2 & 3 response 400 Re: Topic 7 DQ 1
First, I think it is important to look at this objectively from both points of view. I tend to agree with the point that if you allow it to steer you in one direction or another it can change the path of your research. Where things start to differ comes in to what you do with that information, if you are doing literature review for the purpose of identifying areas for research it is necessary. Some ways this would be helpful include; It can help you identify concepts related to the topic that you want to gather data on, as well as issues of contention where you might expect diversity in experience or perspective. Additionally, it helps to identify previous findings that are different than you expected that you might want to investigate deeper (Gordon, 2019).
With any research it is important to remain neutral if that is your course, if you have a set direction it won’t matter how much research you read ahead of time you will only find what can prove your view.
Gordon, L. E. (2019). Real research: Research methods sociology students can use (2nd ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN-13: 9781544339689.
Re: Topic 7 DQ 1
Hello Professor Labbree,
Literature reviews are designed to prepare the researcher for the key ideas and issues related to the topic, while also informing them of what other researchers have discovered as well as what obstacles may occur during the process (Gordon, 2019). They do not limit thinking, but instead allow researchers to explore new avenues that previous researchers may not have taken in earlier studies. If some questions were left unanswered before, researchers in the new study could look to modify their new study to uncover answers to more questions. They can also modify their new study to increase the efficiency of their data, which may have hindered previous studies. In essence, we learn from the mistakes others have made, and work to not repeat those mistakes in the future; additionally, data that may not have been considered before can factor into new research.
Gordon, L. E. (2019). Real research: Research methods sociology students can use (2nd ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.