THE REVIEW OF THE
As can be imagined, the amount of information Jan obtained from official and semi-official documents was very large, and the extent of the published research into issues relating to truancy was equally large. She was not new to research when she began her PhD. She knew she had to produce a review of the literature and she also knew that producing a review from the large amount of literature she absorbed not only at the start but also throughout the period of the research was likely to be taxing. Because of her experience she could guess at some likely themes but she was always on the lookout for new or unexpected topics. It's fairly easy to produce what Haywood and Wragg, perhaps rather unkindly, describe as the furniture sale catalogue
in which everything merits a one-paragraph entry no matter
how skilfully it has been conducted: Bloggs (1975) found
this, Smith (1976) found that, Jones (1977) found the other,
Bloggs, Smith and Jones (1978) found happiness in heaven.
(Haywood and Wragg 1982: 2)
It's quite another matter to provide a critical review of the literature which demonstrates 'that the writer has studied existing work in the field with insight' (Haywood and Wragg 1982: 2)