1. Kirby is conducting a literature review in preparation for his study of expectations regarding the sharing of financial and practical responsibilities among married and cohabiting couples in which both partners are between the ages of 20 and 29. Conducting a keyword search on “couples” and “responsibility,” Kirby has generated a lengthy list of research articles. He decides to shorten the list by eliminating all articles that were not published in prestigious research journals and to only include the remaining articles in his literature review. What is gained and lost by Kirby’s approach. Is it an appropriate one for a scholarly literature review?
2. You are reading a literature review written by a novice researcher in your field. You notice that the researcher seems to have relied heavily in the Internet in preparing the literature review. Your hunch is supported when you glance at the reference page and find a long list of web addresses. What goes through your mind regarding the quality and adequacy of the literature review in this situation?
3. Sometimes students believe that taking the time to prepare a complete and carefully design research proposal is something to be preached, but not really practice. Identify at least two different problems related to research design that are commonly encountered when doing research and for each explain how a complete and detailed research proposal would help the researcher avoid the problem.