Draft your written analysis
Create a written analysis of the approaches to an issue
The written analysis your description and judgement of the debate in the literature. It is the bulk of your literature review and is the jumping off point for you to make a contribution.
In this technique you will convert your tree of approaches to prose.
For this technique, you will need:
To outline the body, do the following for each major approach:
When choosing which order to present the positions, first organize by approach. Then use chronology, idiosyncrasy and merit to sequence the approaches (see Draft Synthesis).
In the introduction you need to familiarize readers with the issue. It should:
To keep it brief, you may want to just give readers a glimpse of the different approaches without all the details of any one (which you can add back in during the body).
For each approach, you'll also need to elaborate the approach. Here are a few techniques you can use when elaborating approaches:
Draft a conclusion where you present the general conclusions you've drawn from the issue and, on the strength of these conclusions, express a preference for an approach. You don't need to accept an existing approach, it means you should explore connections between your conclusions and the approaches.
Revise for your readers and check that:
A written draft of the analysis
Kaufer, D. S., Geisler, C., & Neuwirth, C. M. (1989). Arguing from sources: Exploring issues through reading and writing. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (p. 220-228).