ICYMI: Lit. Review Workshop

Update: The video from the event has been transferred! Click here to watch.

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, the Teachers College Doctoral Council hosted a Literature Review Workshop for all interested Ph.D. students in the Learning, Literacies, and Technologies (LLT) and Educational Policy and Evaluation (EPE) programs, and the Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.) program. We were pleased to feature Drs. Kate Anderson, Katie Bernstein, Jeanne Powers, Erin Rotheram-Fuller, and doctoral candidate Amanda Potterton as our panelists for this incredibly interesting and thought generating event.

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TCDC President Dani Kachorsky opened the event with welcoming remarks, and then each panelist gave a brief presentation, highlighting tips and recommendations for completing various types of literature reviews. Dr. Rotheram-Fuller described an excel sheet process that she completes with her Ed.D. students each semester, Dr. Powers discussed varying types of literature reviews and how to stay organized for each type, and Dr. Bernstein highlighted the differences between writing a literature review as a stand-alone paper and writing one as part of journal article or other overall research study. Dr. Anderson discussed a systematic note taking process that she completes with her doctoral students and doctoral candidate Amanda Potterton gave tips and tricks of writing a literature review from the perspective of a current Ph.D. student.

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A Q&A session was held during the second half of this event. Students were welcomed to ask questions specifically about literature reviews that they were working on as part of research projects or their comprehensive examinations, or about literature review projects in general. Dr. Michelle Jordan joined the panelists for this section of the workshop. Questions such as: How do you avoid scope drift? When do you know when to stop looking for literature? How do you balance your time between reading and writing? And, when working by yourself, how do you synthesize your research? were all covered throughout this gathering.


Everyone who attended the event said that they learned an incredible amount and were excited to continue their literature review work, using the recommendations provided by the panelists. TCDC would like to thank all students and faculty who participated and hopes that you will all join us for our next event!

Check out the resources from the event, including videos, articles, and slide decks here: http://bit.ly/2cYLx8i

This is our first time recording an event and making it digitally available, so please, let us know if you encounter any problems with accessing or viewing the video. This way we can improve our recording and sharing process for next time.


Kathryn P. Chapman, the Historian of the TCDC, is currently earning her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Educational Policy & Evaluation. She received her Master of Science in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a former employee of the U.S. Department of Education and a former preschool and elementary school teacher, her research interests are oriented around issues of equity in education with a specific focus on early childhood education and philanthropic investment.

Posted in Events, Fall 2016, Research

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