Completing a literature review requires higher-order and critical-thinking skills. In a literature review, you extract themes and key information and synthesize them to illustrate your point. In Discussion 2, you selected four articles about a topic and then organized the information about the four articles by identifying and summarizing them. In essence, you completed the first step of a mini-literature review. In this Assignment, you complete the next step of a mini-literature review by critically analyzing the information you have gathered.
In Discussion 1, you answered the question: What information is available on the issue and what does it say? In this Assignment, you want to answer questions such as: What themes can I identify? How does this information relate to the issue I am exploring? What information is most important, and why? What problem(s) related to the issue do the authors address? What problems still need to be addressed?
To prepare for this Assignment, review the required readings (e.g., APA readings) related to literature reviews. Be sure to review the rubric for this Assignment to understand how the literature review will be evaluated.
By Day 7 (of Module 3)
Submit a 2- to 3-page literature review based on the four articles you collected. Be sure your literature review reflects the questions posed in the opening paragraphs of this Assignment.