The General Field represents the overarching area associated with your tentative research questions. This page and the related Admin updates will guide you through the process of identifying your General Field of interest and identifying literature associated with your General Field. This seminar will culminate in a literature review that you will then submit for your General Field Qualifying Examination.
Assignments and Examination
- Attend the General Field Onboarding Workshop. Check the Happening Now page for upcoming dates.
- Onboarding Part 1: Admin Updates 1.0 through 1.2
- Literature Review Genre Workshop
- Onboarding Part 2: Admin Updates 1.3 through 1.8 (read all of them, but you are not expected to have completed all action items)
- Onboarding Part 3: Admin Updates 1.3 through 1.8 (complete all action items through at least 1.7A, but ideally a draft of 1.7B)
- Ensure that you have already completed the Pre-EDS requirements
- You can begin working on the General Field Updates (see below) before you are formally registered. You do not need to wait until the first day of the semester.
- Complete the Seminar Registration Request Form, which is required before you can register
- Register once you receive the confirmation email with the CRN number
- Complete the latest iteration of the EDS Survey
- Complete the Community Updates and Action Items referred to below
- You should have already completed the Admin Updates with a prefix of 0 before starting the General Field Research Seminar
- These admin updates are meant to be completed in order
- You should complete all admin updates PRIOR to writing your Literature Review, but you should be gathering literature throughout the process
Admin Updates with a prefix of 1
Follow the prompts in each admin update with a prefix of 1. Not all updates have action items, but please read all admin updates as they include important instructional and procedural content, including a lot of additional resources. As this is a highly self-directed, yet scaffolded process, it is important and useful to explore a variety of resources.
|Admin Updates||Community Action Item(s)|
(specific instructions are found within each admin update)
|1.0 General Field Research Seminar|
|1.1 Choosing your General Field of Interest||1.1A. Find and describe dissertations associated with your general field|
1.1B Find and describe articles associated with your general field
1.1C Share your tentative research question and general field topic and seek approval
|1.2 General vs. Special Field Topics|
|1.3 Planning your Investigation of the Literature|
|1.4 Your Personal Annotated Bibliography||Establish a process for capturing your annotated bibliography|
If you haven’t yet begun using a bibliographical database, consider starting now.
|1.5 The Genre of Review||1.5 Find and describe review articles associated with your general field|
|1.6 Part 1 Academic Writing is Evidence-Based Writing||1.6A Find sentences from articles and your peers that demonstrate the literature review genre|
|1.6 Part 2 Scholarly Writing Sample||1.6B Submit a small sample of your most recent literature review that demonstrates the literature review genre, including a self-assessment (this should be done before you begin writing your own general field literature review so that you can learn from the feedback on an existing work)|
|1.7 Part 1: The General Field Literature Review – Overall Description||Find and share a standout literature review written by your peers, and share why you feel it is exemplary|
|1.7 Part 2: The General Field Literature Review – Content and Specific Instructions||1.7A General Field Outline: Submit an outline of your literature review that represents the themes that have emerged from your review of the literature. |
|1.7 Part 3: General Field Literature Review – Sample and Project||1.7B Sample Literature Review: Submit a small sample of your in-progress literature review, including a self-assessment|
|1.8 The Streamlined Literature Review|
Write a Literature Review, as outlined in the admin updates referred to above. But before you begin writing your full literature review, please complete the admin updates and also submit your writing samples at the appropriate time so that you can receive timely feedback before drafting your entire literature review.
- Your General Field Literature Review should be a deep examination of your general field of interest.
- It should demonstrate that you have a wide understanding of the general field. It should address the theories, debates, challenges, findings, etc. as reported by the literature.
- It should not be a summary of what you know, think, or conclude.
- Be sure to follow the Literature Review Guidance and tips outlined in our General Field presentation, including organizing your work according to the Graduate College dissertation format.
- 6,000 to 8,000 words with at least 30 scholarly sources
- Refer to the Work Submission and Review Process webpage for specific structure requirements
- Refer to the Work Submission and Review Process webpage for specific submission and review details and instructions
- You earn a grade for the seminar once your work has been approved for peer review.
- Earning a grade for the seminar is not the same as passing your examination. See below for examination details.
- General Field Onboarding Workshop presentation slides (linked above as well)
The work that will be assessed by your committee members for the examination will be the final peer reviewed work of that seminar, after you have completed necessary revisions based on peer review and then advisor feedback. Once you have completed the final deliverables of a particular course, complete the College of Education’s Qualifying Exam Information form indicating your desired exam(s).
Key Exam-Dissertation Sequence Resources