Goal: Conduct a review of scholarly literature for an important classroom issue, e.g., motivation. Select 3 studies related to your specific area of focus (expressed in Part 1: Initial Reflection) to review.
Background: A literature review aims to uncover the scholarly perspective. Theory and data in literature may support and/or conflict with the researcher’s personal perspective.
What is the design of each study?
What does each study claim and what evidence supports the claim?
For each of the 3 studies, include a preliminary conclusion about factors that may influence student engagement/disengagement based on your literature review.
Explain how the literature connects to your beliefs about the issue. Relate to your area of focus.
Databases can be searched using keywords which searches anywhere/everywhere in the database vs. searching using defined subjects that search only in the subject field of database records. For detailed database searching assistance consult ProQuest's Library Guide on ERIC
Listed below are subjects for Student Motivation . As you will notice ERIC uses this as an official subject while the other databases do not.
ERIC (via Proquest)
(1966+) Premier U.S. database of education literature. Sponsored by the US Department of Education. Includes journal (EJ) and ERIC Document (ED) citations with abstracts; full text of ERIC Documents from 1993 to present.
Education Full Text
(6/1983+) Covers education topics such as critical thinking, teaching methods, curriculum, comparative education, literacy standards, multicultural education, psychology, special education, counseling, teacher/parent relations, vocational education, etc.
Includes the full text of peer-reviewed journals, including education journals, published by SAGE and participating societies.
PsycINFO (via Proquest)
(1887+ ) A comprehensive index of psychological literature from the 1800s to the present. Indexes more than 2,150 journals (98% are peer-reviewed) as well as relevant books and dissertations.
Use these documents to help in thinking through and organizing a stategy for searching your topic in a database.
ERIC is the primary database in education. ASU Library provides access to ERIC using the ProQuest platform. The Library Guide below provides assistance in searching the ERIC database. If you need guidance check it out or consult your Education Librarian.