Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1992

Degree Name

Education Specialist (Ed.S)

Department

Advanced Education Programs

Advisor

Ed Stehno

Abstract

The researcher investigated the literature review process of educational doctoral students at the University of Kansas and Kansas State University. The independent variables investigated were gender, program of study, university attended, Masters thesis written, years between completion of a masters program and commencement of the doctoral program, and campus residency while engaged in the review of the literature process. The dependent variables were computer indices used, print indices used, scores from scales of usefulness of print indices, scores of scales for usefulness of computer indices, methods for learning how to use indices, and formal training in how to do a review of the literature. The sample consisted of 61 subjects with 35 from Kansas State University and 26 from the University of Kansas. Eleven composite null hypotheses were tested. The researcher made a total of 70 comparisons plus 30 recurring comparisons. Of the 70 comparisons plus 30 recurring comparisons. Of the 70 comparisons 40 were main effects and 30 were interactions. Of the 40 main effects, two were statistically significant at the .05 level. The significant main effects were: 1) years between masters and doctoral program and using electronic indices; and 2) gender and having someone other than the subject complete a computer search. Of the 30 interactions none was statistically significant at the .05 level. The results of the study appeared to support the following generalizations: 1. There is an association between gender and having someone else complete a search; 2. There is an association between years between completion of a Masters degree and commencement of a doctoral program and using electronic indices; 3. There is no association between program of study and the literature review process; 4. There is no association between university attended and the literature review process; 5. There is no association between writing a Masters Thesis and the literature review process; and 6. There is no association between campus residency and the literature review process.

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Copyright 1992 Karen Cole

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