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Writing Assignment 4 WRTG
391
Final Project
Statement of Research Gaps or Unanswered Questions
The final project for WRTG 391 will be a statement of
research gaps or unanswered questions.
In this assignment you will describe the topic on which you
wrote your synthesis essay, or literature review.
You will then state what gaps you found in the research on
your topic, areas in which further research
might be appropriate on the topic, or any questions have
opened up for you or remained unanswered as a
result of having researched this topic.
This paper will be approximately 500-750 words.
Organization of the Paper
Introductory paragraph:
In this paragraph, you will explain the topic which you
researched. The final sentence will be a thesis statement
arguing for further research in specific areas.
Body section of 2-3 paragraphs:
This section would describe any one of, or a combination of,
the following. You would want at least two areas in
which you felt there were gaps, needs for further research,
or new or unanswered questions as a result of your
research.
-gaps you saw in the research
For example, let us imagine you wrote a literature review on
the effectiveness of one-on-one laptop programs in
high schools. You may have noticed that little research has
been done on how non-native speakers of English
respond to one-on-one laptop programs. No studies analyzed
the effects of such programs on the writing, reading,
and critical thinking development of non-native speakers of
English. This could be a gap in the research that you
would point out in your paper.
-areas in which further research could be conducted that
would shed more light on an issue
For example, let us imagine you wrote a literature review on
the effectiveness of one-on-one laptop programs in
high schools. You may have noticed that research has been
conducted on the impact of such programs on the
writing skills of non-native speakers of English. However,
the studies did not focus on particular language
groups. You feel that further study specifically on Chinese
speakers and further study specifically on Spanish
speakers is warranted. This could be an example of an area
in which further research would be warranted that
you would point out in your paper.
-questions that remained unanswered for you or new questions
that opened up for you as you read the
current literature on your topic
For example, let us imagine you wrote a literature review on
the effectiveness of one-on-one laptop programs in
high schools. You noticed that, as you were reading through
the literature, you had questions on how schools
determined what types of laptops to purchase. Did they
purchase Hewlett-Packards computers, Dell computers,
Toshiba computers, Acer computers, or computers from some
other vendor? You found yourself wondering how
business decisions with vendors are made when implementing a
one-on-one laptop program. This could be an
example of a question that opened up for you as you read
through the literature. You could note this question in
your paper.
Conclusion:
In one paragraph, summarize your points in the body section.
Re-state and succinctly explain any gaps, areas of
further research, or unanswered questions.

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