This tool can be used, especially for course developers, as an aid to avoid including perspectives "randomly" or as mere add-ons that might actually only reinforce the potentially marginal position of such perspectives. Students are also encouraged to follow these steps to train their critical eye towards literature selections and as a guide to think about what kind of literature would be relevant to their research projects, essays and other course work. It consists of two rounds described below:
This helps you to become more critically aware of the perspective(s) that are presented in your current body of literature. Some variables to consider:
- What are the (sub)disciplinary backgrounds of the authors/books?
- What are the educational-geographical backgrounds of the authors/books?
- What are the social backgrounds of the authors you read?
As a follow up from the first section, this section focuses on identifying the holes in a body of literature, which literature can be added and how to add it.
This tool was created by Kathrine van den Bogert, Elke Linders and Nicole Sanches from Utrecht University.
You can find the link to the Literature Reflection Tool here.