THE AWESOME LITERATURE MAPPING AND GAP ANALYSIS FOR A RERESEARCH WORK

April 21, 2017. IMPERIAL WRITERS

I have heard so many undergraduates complaining and asking for a guide on how to form a good literature map and run a gap analysis for an undergraduate project.

Well I am very much pleased to bring to your knowledge dear researchers that literature mapping and gap analysis is not too much a task for you to accomplish in no time.

Let’s take for instance an undergraduate project student, goes online to maybe select some free undergraduate project topics and research materials to aid his research on a particular topic; now getting to the chapter two of his or her research work, it was demanded by his or her supervisor to add a literature map and run a gap analysis for his or her research.

There is absolutely no need to panic!

I shall teach you what gap analysis and literature mapping are all about; and by the end of this article and undergraduate or post graduate project student will be able to carry out his or her research with confidence.

Let us begin by defining literature map

Literature map:

According to the University of the West of England, it was stated that a literature map is one that maps literature or literary concepts based on the connections and associations. Much like other maps, a literature map is a helpful method of visualization

https://www.reference.com/art-literature/literature-map-6333d302d33ecf2b

Secondly let us pick a research project topic in education:

Impact of information and communication technology (ICT) in teaching and learning of integrated science in junior secondary school (a case study of Makurdi local government in Benue state)

If look at the topic above, we can see the variables (information, communication, technology, learning, integrated science) which must be focused on. We shall define the various concepts that are in line with the project topic above.

For the literature map for the above topic see figure 1 below:

For the gap analysis; in research work gap could simply means the area of a particular research that was not covered by the literature. For instance if we consider the above topic; on the “Impact of information and communication technology (ICT) in teaching and learning of integrated science in junior secondary school (a case study of Makurdi local government in Benue state)”

At the end of the research work, we shall point out all the areas that the research could not cover, from chapter one to chapter three. See figure 2 below for the gap analysis.

figure 2

 

s/n

year

Project topics

Name of the author

methodology

findings

 

gap

  1.  

2010

information and communication technology (ICT) in teaching and learning of integrated science in junior secondary school

Donald

Primary data (chi-square)

Information communication technology has significant impact on learning of integrated science

The literature failed to discuss on the factor affecting information communication technology and the learning of integrated science.

 Secondly the study questionnaires were distributed but the study failed to discuss on the number of questionnaire that was returned.

 

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