This book is a guide to research methods for practitioner research. Written in friendly and accessible language, it includes numerous practical examples based on the authors' own experiences in the field, to support readers.

The authors provide information and guidance on developing research skills such as gathering and analysing information and data, reporting findings and research design. They offer critical perspectives to help users reflect on research approaches and to scrutinise key issues in devising research questions.

This book is for undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers and practitioners in practitioner research development and leadership programmes.

The team of authors are all within the School of Education at the University of Glasgow and have significant experience of working with practitioner researchers in education.

How Do I Do a Literature Review?
How do I do a literature review?

Whatever you intend to research, someone will probably have been there before you. You need to know what they have already found and published. This chapter introduces some of the processes involved in reviewing existing literature. It briefly describes ways in which you can search for and describe what others have written on your chosen subject.

Key Terms and Concepts
Annotated bibliographyKey word strategy
Narrative reviewInclusion/exclusion criteria
Systematic reviewLiterature search log
Reference managementSynthesising results
Purposes of the Literature Review

There are a number of reasons for undertaking a literature review. It can be an end in itself but, for the purposes of this chapter, we will assume that you intend it to be the starting point for your own ...

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