Blog post 2

Writing literature review has been always challenging for me. It is time consuming as I start reading many sources according to my topic and do lots of note taking and planning. The most difficult thing in writing is staying on a track and trying to synthesize the sources instead of summarizing. However, on the other hand, literature review is the most interesting part of a research where I usually come up with new ideas and get inspiration further. So, how am I organizing my main themes of literature review?

I divided literature review into 5 sections starting with the introduction part with the significance of the topic and explanation why “my claims matter” (from They say/I say). In the next part I compared findings of more than two studies which I ideally agreed with and reflected on them. In the third part I gave the explanation to the experimental results of the studies. Further, more studies have been analyzed which were of category less or least agreement. Finally, in conclusion I tried to summarize the state knowledge and introduced the gaps in existing researches.

Finding resources was the most difficult part about my topic. There are plenty of studies which prove the importance and positive effect of music therapy with autistic children abroad. However, I have not found any sources about it in Kazakhstan. Fortunately, I have an access to some centers for children with ASD and get information from their practice. That is why I am a bit late with the overall process of writing my thesis as I am still looking for more sources and information related to Kazakhstan, particularly, Astana.

Here, I would like to emphasize on a couple of significant studies influenced my work. One of them is Kate Simpson and Deb Keen’s work “Music Interventions for Children with Autism: Narrative Review of the Literature”. Their paper I read several times and found out many useful facts about the role of music for special children. Particularly, this study contains the summary of articles aiming to prove the use of music with autistic children. Another study that I often look at is done by Barnes and Geoffrey Prescott, “Moments of Meeting: Difficulties and Developments in Shared Attention, Interaction, and Communication with Children with Autism during Two Years of Music Therapy in a Public Preschool Class”. I work with preschool children and that is why I was very interested in the action research study and want to check here in Astana the role of music as an intervention with autism and discover the same results as the authors of this research found.

2 thoughts on “Blog post 2

  1. Thanks, Sholpan.

    I have a much better understanding now of your writing process and the way you approach the task of writing a literature review. Your approach is clear and I can’t offer any suggestions on it. However, your writing in the post could be improved in a couple ways:
    1. Add a descriptive title. There are readers of this blog who are outside NUGSE and may find value in your post, but they wouldn’t know it because your title just says “Blog Post 2”.
    2. Careful with articles: “Writing __ literature review”, ” Fortunately, I have (an) access…”
    3. Cite all sources with APA formatting. Even on a blog, this should be a habit by now.



  2. Dear Sholpan,
    I think that you have chosen a very interesting research topic and I would like to say that I believe in the healing power of music and its positive effect on children’s education.
    As for the writing literature review, I think that you have done a great job by integrating the knowledge from the course readings into the process of selecting and categorizing the relevant literate and further synthesizing it into your own writing. Also, I think that the case study research design suits best your research topic because it gives opportunities to explore as you teach and introduce new approaches. So, replication of the research study that you addressed in your literature review would be just perfect for your own research. But if the research design that you have selected is different, I believe that you will be fine both with quantitative and qualitative research designs.
    I really enjoyed reading your post. You have done a good job by reading the course materials and integrating what you have learned into the process of organizing the readings and writing up your literature review section.


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