Theory Review Form Assignment

This assignment requires you to submit two completed Theory Review Forms as one Microsoft Word document. The template is posted and already contains forms for the two separate article reviews. The posted document must contain summaries of key aspects of theoretical articles or books that pertain to your research topic.

Theoretical articles or books refer to published works that are specifically about the theory, not just merely articles that mention the theory indirectly. The articles or books can be focused on one or two established theories that may guide your research and may be older than five years. Be sure to include the seminal work as one of your sources.

Examples of well-established theories include the following:

· Maslow’s (1954) Hierarchy of needs

· Vygotsky’s (1969) Social constructivism

· Knowles’ (1980) Adult learning theory

· Keller’s (2008) An integrative theory of motivation, volition, and performance

All articles or books for this assignment must have completed Theory Review Forms that are clear, concise, and 1–2 pages each. You may only include one theory, and not two different theories. Both reviews must be about the same theory.

For example, if a research topic is on the self-efficacy of professors in their use of technology for online learning, a candidate might choose the following primary text and then also the following research article on a theoretical framework for self-efficacy:

 

Bandura, A. (1977). Self-efficacy: Toward a unifying theory of behavioral change. Psychological Review, 84, 191–215. https://doi.org/10.1037/0033-295X.84.2.191

 

Bandura, A. (2012). On the functional properties of perceived self-efficacy revisited. Journal of Management, 38(1), 9–44. https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206311410606

 

Alternatively, you might include a book from one of the primary theorists on constructivism since this theory of learning is often associated with effective online learning:

Vygotsky, L. S. (1978). Mind in society: The development of higher psychological processes. Harvard University Press.

Begin by locating two articles or books using the Jerry Falwell Library databases or Google Scholar. All sources must be read (or in the case of a book, simply reviewed). You will complete each box on the form with available information from the source; use your own words, and do not copy-and-paste. You must use current APA format where possible. The boxes will expand as words are typed. Use complete sentences (unless a list is called for).

Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.

EDUC 850

Theory Review Template

Theory Review #1

 

· Write the central research question for your research:

 

 

 

 

· List the first reference in current APA.

 

Please be sure to use current APA format, paying close attention to capitalization, italics, URLs, and DOIs. The Writing Style Guide should be utilized.

For theories, they can be very old, dates do not matter since we want to see that theories have lasted over time and have been solid enough to stand lots of research and revisions. You should find the seminal work for the theory (if possible) but then other articles about the theory can be included that are more recent.

You must use theoretical articles and not empirical studies that mention a theory or discuss the theoretical framework. Delete these instructions prior to submission.

 

· Identify the primary theorist(s). List them.

 

 

 

 

· In 5–10 sentences, summarize the theory using citations (write this as if this were to be used in the actual theoreticical framework section of your applied research report).

 

Remember that this must be a significant theory (e.g., social cognitive theory, adult learning theory), and at least one article must be written by the primary theorist (when possible) (e.g., Bandura, Knowles).

In this section, name the theory and theorist then present the pertinent details of a major, highly researched, and established theory. Summaries must be your own words (not cut and pasted from the document). Show that you can pick out key components of the theory and explain them succinctly in your summary. Delete these instructions prior to submission.

 

 

· Identify the constructs that keep reappearing.

 

Key constructs are the building blocks or essential elements that are included in a theory. For example, within theories of motivation, both internal motivators (i.e., work ethic) and external motivators (rewards/pay) are important aspects of the theory. All relevant key constructs of the theory you are reviewing must be listed and defined.

Defining key constructs based on what has been written in the literature is important. These “operational definitions” ensure that everyone reading your work is examining your ideas through the same lens. Consider this: A study on religion, defined as “rules of behavior within a belief system” will yield very different results than if one was to define religion as a “collective relationship with a higher being.”

This is not to be a list of key points of the article but a list with definitions of the constructs. This section must be completed. Do not write that there are no constructs. Delete these instructions prior to submission.

 

 

· Identify where or how this theory originated.

 

Please be specific. A historic synopsis of the theory’s development is needed here. For example, who influenced the author’s ideas? Where did they originate, etc.? Theories that were developed in early America will carry different historical relevance from those that were developed in communist Russia. Likewise, theories developed in the 1950s will reflect a different American ideology than those developed in the 1970s. You may need to look for this information outside of the article you are reviewing. You must identify this information. Delete these instructions prior to submission.

 

 

· Quotes

 

Identify two quotes that may be useful. Include quotation marks and the page number within the citation in current APA format. Delete these instructions prior to submission. Note that quotes are rarely included in a literature review.

 

 

· Identify what role this article might play in your research.

 

Include three to five sentences. This is the critical thinking section of this assignment. What will you DO with the knowledge you gained from this specific research? How could it shape your topic, or inform your readers? Again, these are your ideas, not the author’s or theorist’s ideas. Relate to your research topic. If this article might not play a role in your research, then you must choose a different article that will. Delete these instructions prior to submission.

 

 

· New References to Examine

Identify any resources cited in the article that may be useful to find and read. Remember, data mining is important to help you reach saturation of your topic research. Your new references should focus on articles that are less than five years old and include a full current APA citation including the DOI or URL. You may use a few older articles in your literature review but focus on current literature is important. Delete these instructions prior to submission.

 

Theory Review Template

Theory Review #2

 

Note: The second theoretical article must include the same theory as the first review. Apply the instructions above to this template. Note, this assignment will include BOTH templates completed using two different journal articles.

· Write your central research question.

 

 

 

 

· List the second scholarly article reference in current APA.

 

 

 

· Identify the primary theorist(s). List them.

 

 

 

 

· In 5–10 sentences, summarize the theory using citations.

 

 

 

 

· Identify the constructs that keep reappearing. List them and define them.

 

 

 

 

· Identify where or how this theory originated.

 

 

 

 

· Quotes

 

 

 

 

 

· Identify what role this article might play in your research.

 

 

 

 

· New References to Examine

Criteria Ratings Points

Theory Review Form

70 to >63.0 pts

Advanced

The two forms are clear, concise, and 1–2 pages each. There are summaries of key aspects of theoretical articles or books. The articles or books are focused on one well-established theory. All text boxes are complete.

63 to >56.0 pts

Proficient

The two forms are mostly clear, concise, and 1–2 pages each. There are summaries of most aspects of the chosen theoretical articles or books. The articles or books are focused on one well-established theory. Most text boxes are complete.

56 to >0.0 pts

Developing

The two forms are not clear and concise, and each form is not 1–2 pages. There are summaries of a few aspects of theoretical articles or books. More than one theory is included. Many text boxes are not complete.

0 pts

Not Present

70 pts

Template Compliance/ APA Format

30 to >25.5 pts

Advanced

There are 0–1 errors in grammar, spelling, or APA format that distract the reader from the content. Template was used.

25.5 to >24.0 pts

Proficient

There are 2–3 errors in grammar, spelling, or APA format that distract the reader from the content. Template was used but does not include all required elements.

24 to >0.0 pts

Developing

There are more than 3 errors in grammar, spelling, or APA format that distract the reader from the content. Template is missing information.

0 pts

Not Present

30 pts

Total Points: 100

Theory Review Form Rubric | EDUC850_B10_202240

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