This chapter looks at how you develop your engagement with the literature and debates in the field, setting up good habits early on in your research and maintaining them throughout. It also looks at how you can write the literature review chapter, referred to here as the ‘theoretical perspectives chapter’ because it suggests an engagement in a debate with theories, theorists and experts in the field. Your research is seen as a contribution to knowledge in the field and it needs to indicate, therefore, that there is awareness of what that knowledge comprises, and what the various debates, disagreements and key theories and concerns are in the field. Your own contribution to knowledge and to meaning, constructed in a dialogue with the experts and the theorists, is important in a literature survey or review, so that you are seen to enter the academic discussion about your topic and subject area with those who have developed the theories and those who have put them into practice and written about them.
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