FUNCTIONS OF THE THESIS LITERATURE REVIEW
1. Review of the non-research literature that summarizes and synthesizes background and contextual information
2. A review of theoretical perspectives that underpin or inform the research project
3. A review of the research literature relevant to the study
4. A critique that:
- (a) Identifies arguments for and against issues and controversies related to functions 1 – 3 above.
- (b) Assesses or weighs up the value of theories, ideas, claims, research designs, methods and conclusions, including an identification of strengths and weaknesses
5. An identification of gaps or short comings in this knowledge and research area
6. A rationale justifying why the gap was important and significant enough to be filled
7. An explanation of how the design and execution of the research project was informed by steps 1-6 above. This is likely to explain how the literature provided
- (a)A focus for research questions or hypotheses that were investigated
- (b) guidelines for an appropriate methodology and design
In developing countries, there may not be money to develop a nutrition program or knowledge/ interest in providing nutrition education by the governing bodies. Even if the adolesents receive some level of nutrition education they may struggle to understand which foods are “healthy” as the labeling can be confusing and also they may not be able to afford healthy foods. Sadly, unhealty ultra-processed food options are often less expensive than healthier food.