Reflections on the messiness of initiating a systematic literature review on broadening participation in engineering and computer science

Canek M.L. Phillips, Jeremi S. London, Walter C. Lee, Amy S. Van Epps, Bevlee A. Watford

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    4 Scopus citations

    Abstract

    The rigorous, structured, and transparent review of literature on a particular topic can lead to promising insights about research directions, practical solutions, and potential policies. While the Systematic Literature Review (SLR) is a well-established methodology, it is rarely used in the field of engineering education. Though the use of the term "systematic" suggests a clear-cut process and there are resources available to describe the major steps of the method, the initial steps of a SLR are inherently messy-i.e., they heavily rely on the researcher's judgement and decision-making. Unfortunately, the messiness embedded in these steps is rarely discussed or described in existing resources. In this study, we reflect on the "messiness" of initiating a SLR on broadening participation in engineering and computer science. Informed by two existing approaches to reflection, we used the STAARA (Situation-Task-Affect-Action-Result-Aftermath) framework to reflect on the ways in which we resolved important decisions associated with one overarching situation and several corresponding tasks, affects, actions; the aftermath is also discussed. This paper includes insights from our experience that can help other researchers navigate the initial steps of a SLR.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationFIE 2017 - Frontiers in Education, Conference Proceedings
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Pages1-8
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9781509059195
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 12 2017
    Event47th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2017 - Indianapolis, United States
    Duration: Oct 18 2017Oct 21 2017

    Publication series

    NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
    Volume2017-October
    ISSN (Print)1539-4565

    Other

    Other47th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2017
    CountryUnited States
    CityIndianapolis
    Period10/18/1710/21/17

    Keywords

    • Broadening participation
    • Reflection
    • Research methods
    • Systematic review

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software
    • Education
    • Computer Science Applications

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