Course Project – Literature Review


Examining existing literature is an important step in any research effort. Existing literature helps you understand how others have approached a similar problem, what they found, and how they interpreted the findings. It can also reveal areas for further investigation. This Assignment provides you with the opportunity to become familiar with published literature about adult learners and locate support resources for your course project.


Use the KU Library online databases to find and select at least three articles from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals that address multiculturalism and diversity at higher education institutions.

Prepare a 2 – 3 page review of the articles that compares and contrasts the information included in the articles, the researchers’ findings, and how the information supports the project. Include the following information with your comparison:

  1. An APA style reference for each resource.
  2. A brief overview of each resource, including author’s credentials; populations, technologies, and theories discussed; research design; findings; etc.
  3. Your assessment of the resource that addresses the following questions:
    • What conclusions did the author draw?
    • Do you agree with the author’s conclusions?
    • What additional questions do you have about this topic?
    • How would you gauge the strengths and weaknesses of the resource?

Your review of the literature should be written so that it has an introduction, body, and conclusion of the information you are reviewing. Please use information and materials you have learned in this course about multiculturalism and diversity to support your assessment. The KU Writing Center has information on how to write a literature review and a sample in the Writing Reference Library. You can access the Writing Reference Library from the Academic Tools tab in any unit.

This Assignment addresses the following unit learning outcome:

It also addresses the course outcome:

HE540-3: Evaluate an institutional strategic plan addressing multiculturalism and diversity.

Points and Rubric

This Assignment is worth 100 points. The rubric that will be used to grade your Assignment is available from the Grading Rubrics page under Course Resources.

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