EDGR 601 – Synthesis Paper


EDGR 601, welcome to week four. We’re talking
about the synthesis paper, your assignment
that’s due on Monday. The synthesis paper is a
literature review test drive. What you’re going to be doing is
starting an assignment that you will get some feedback on, that
then, at the end of the week, you’ll add to, to be
your literature review. It’s going to have the same
format as the literature review. You’re going to have
your introduction, your review of literature,
analysis, and conclusion. So what is the synthesis paper? What you’re going
to do is you’re going to focus on two
to three articles that have one big idea. What do I mean about big idea? I’m talking about if you
decided to do your research paper on parent involvement,
one big idea about parent involvement might be to get
the parents to volunteer at your school. So that’s your big idea. It’s important to note that
in the body of your paper, you don’t want to
write “big idea” in the body of your paper. This is more of a way
that we talk to each other about identifying what
you’re synthesizing. So, once again, if your research
question is parent involvement, think of your big ideas as
ways to get parents involved. One of those ways
is volunteering. In the synthesis paper, we only
focus on one of those ways. In the literature review, you’re
going to focus on three to four of those ways. So take two to three articles
that focus on one idea, in this case, volunteering. I’m going to look
at two articles that talk about volunteering,
and I’m going to summarize that information. I’m going to synthesize
that information. You hear us use
the word synthesize a lot in this course,
and there is always a little bit of confusion
about what synthesis is. So when we synthesize
information in scholarly writing,
we’re combining information from multiple sources. A lot of times in the writing,
we get article one says this, article two says that,
article three says that. And that’s more of an
annotated bibliography. What we need to do is combine
that information together. What’s the relationships
between the sources, between the studies? Do they have anything in common? Were any of the
methods the same? Did the strategies
that were implemented have anything in
common with them? One thing that’s
important about synthesis is that you need to be able to
draw your own information based on what you see. We infer relationships all
the time in our own existence. If we see something on
the news and then see something happen
in real life, we can infer a relationship there. So what we’re doing
in synthesis is we’re inferring a relationship
in the literature. So having read three sources
on, say, volunteering, can I infer something else? Is there some new
piece of information that the three articles
combined shed light on? So what we’re doing is
we’re drawing connections and shedding new
light on a topic based on existing information. We’re synthesizing. We’re establishing
relationships. We’re comparing and contrasting. So when you write,
and this takes place in the review
of literature but especially in
the analysis section. So it’s going to take place
in the review of literature a little bit as you write. But in the analysis
section is where you really need to come up with your
synthesis, where you really need to shed new
light on the topic. How do the studies
compare and contrast? What new information
can be drawn? Your analysis section
should not be one paragraph. Oftentimes it is, and it’ll
get kicked back to you and asked for more detail. The analysis section
is where we synthesize, where we bring it all together. What happens in the
conclusion section? This is just a short statement
about what conclusions can be drawn from the literature. All right. That’s a brief overview
of the synthesis paper. If you have any questions,
make sure to reach out to your professor. And I’ll see you again for
one more week four tip.

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