Enhanced Synthesis PaperHerbert C BlackGrand Canyon University: RES-811May 29, 2019
ReflectionFeedback provided from one source does not necessarily provide clarity and understanding of what needs to happen to improve the overall body of work produced. Thus, partof my revision process included receiving feedback from my colleagues at work. My hope is by obtaining feedback from multiple sources I will be able to refine my work by considering and incorporating the opinions of others into my scholarly work.When analyzing the feedback given to me by Dr. Kelly and my colleagues several themesemerged. 1.) Clarity and direction are key components of any formal writing process. Things thatseem mundane or overstated actually guide the reader through your paper and give them a clear understanding of your key points. 2.) One of the biggest takeaways and probably the most helpful piece of information I received in my feedback was the idea of creating a clear path through my writing for readers. Those reading my work should see a consistent theme woven through my paper. 3.) The feedback also indicated areas in my paper where more in depth analysis could take my process of synthesizing down different paths. Adding addition information from other peer reviewed scholarly journals not only provides more in-depth analysis, but it also helps solidify the key concepts being discussed in the paper. 4.) Finally, I willuse the feedback I received for the Limitations and Recommendations section to revisit key concepts I wrote about in my paper. In addition, I will provide closure by outlining limitations to the studies I synthesized and describe the direction I would take the research process moving forward. Transitioning
into a Doctoral LearnerThe path to a successful doctoral journey is paved with uncomfortable experiences. Theseexperiences will challenge and often derail even some of the most brilliant academic minds.However, the benefits of going through a doctoral program far outweigh the uncomfortableexperiences you endure. When you enter a doctoral program, you have a preconceived notionyour academic and professional identities have already been established. Once your doctoraljourney begins you come to the realization your previously established identities will need toevolve and morph together to form a doctoral identity. Developing this new identity can seemfrightening and overwhelming at times because of all the new academic processes you are askedto navigate through during a doctoral program. These new academic processes are foreign todoctoral students because they are not embedded in undergraduate programs. Thus, we must askourselves one fundamental question regarding doctoral programs, how do scholars andinstitutions of higher education coexist and maintain a symbiotic relationship?