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Theses and Dissertations
A Guide to Planning, Research, and Writing

Second Edition


August 2007 | 352 pages | Corwin
A thoroughly revised and updated classic. This step-by-step guide takes masters and doctoral students through the five stages of writing a thesis or dissertation: preparing the way, choosing and defining research topics, collecting and organizing information, interpreting the results, presenting the finished product. The authors have successfully led hundreds of graduate students through the masters theses and disseration process. This comprehensive guidebook includes helpful checklists, multiple examples, and practical strategies. It covers both qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research.

 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
1. The Nature of Theses and Dissertations
 
Stage I. Preparing the Way
 
2. Sources of Guidance
 
3. Searching the Literature
 
Stage II. Choosing and Defining Research Topics
 
4. Sources and Types of Research Problems
 
5. Building and Adapting Theories
 
6. Stating the Problem and Its Rationale
 
Stage III-A. Collecting Information
 
7. Types of Research Methods and Sources of Information
 
8. Data Collection Techniques and Instruments
 
9. Things That Go Wrong
 
Stage III-B. Organizing Information
 
10. Classification Patterns
 
11. Summarizing Information Verbally, Numerically, Graphically
 
Stage IV. Interpreting the Results
 
12. Modes of Interpretation
 
Stage V. Presenting the Finished Product
 
13. Writing the Final Version
 
14. Mounting a Persuasive Defense
 
15. Reaching a Wider Audience
 
Appendix: Outline of a Dissertation Proposal
 
References
 
Index

a very good and precise support tool for students involved in theses and dissertations. At the risk of copyright infringment, this book does exactly what it says on the cover.

Mr Gerard Ryan
Business Department, Staffordshire University
January 21, 2011

Useful tips and easy to read.

Mrs Sue Shaw
Health , Huddersfield University
April 28, 2010

A good general book to support higher level study

Mrs Jane Wood
Vocational Education , Edge Hill University
October 4, 2009
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Key features
  • Outlines 5 stages of writing a thesis or dissertation
  • Conversational tone and style helps graduate students approach this intimidating topic
  • Each chapter includes checklists to help readers stay on track and make continual progress toward their goal
  • Includes a sample outline of a dissertation proposal

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