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ERIC Number: EJ1063929
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Using a Thematic Analysis of Literature to Survey Subfields within Communication Studies
Garner, Johny T.; Ragland, J. Parker
Communication Teacher, v29 n3 p159-165 2015
The activity described by the authors here is a thematic analysis of published articles in a broad area of study. Students search for articles relating to the topic of study in different academic journals that fall in a specific date range. Students record details about the topics covered and theories/methods used. The class then assembles to compile their findings. Finally, students choose prominent theories or topics and prepared presentations based on the literature that they find. The following sections describe the preparation, execution, and follow-up for the activity. This exercise was initially developed for graduate survey courses, but it could be adapted for undergraduate students. Reducing the date range to focus on more contemporary work would make the workload more manageable for undergraduate students. This exercise might serve as a talking point to discuss the differences one sees in a Google search versus a search of academic literature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A