An important skill in doctoral writing is the ability to reflect on reading material and provide an integrated report providing information from multiple authors. For Part I, develop a research paper that demonstrates synthesis of 15-20 scholarly articles on the topic selected in Week 4. You should start your paper by identifying a research problem that you have identified in your readings.
Your paper should reflect critical synthesis of:
- What researchers have concluded regarding the problem, related issues, and potential resolutions, and
- What is still not known about the problem and its potential resolution.
The latter reflect gaps in the literature, such as understudied populations, missing theoretical foundations, contributing factors that have not been explored well, or other unknowns that could help shed more light on the topic. Such gaps are important to identify because they are used as a starting point for new research.
Note that an outline of the material will make it easier to develop the essay. From the outline, a draft can be developed and reviewed. During the review, you can ensure all elements of the topic are covered. The essay should be comprehensive and concise. Be sure to have citations for all assertions.
Length: 5-7 pages
Your assignment should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect doctoral-level writing and APA standards.