Dissertations and Theses from Start to Finish: Psychology and Related Fields / Edition 2

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Dissertations and Theses From Start to Finish: Psychology and Related Fields, Second Edition aids student writers through all the practical, logistical, and emotional stages of writing dissertations and theses. It offers guidance to students through such important steps as Defining topics; Selecting faculty advisers; Scheduling time to accommodate the project; and Conducting, analyzing, writing, presenting, and publishing research. Readers will find guiding questions, both mundane and sophisticated, which they may never have considered before, even after coursework in preparation for research writing. Authors have thoroughly updated the text for this new edition to reflect new ethical standards for research, new style manuals, and new texts in statistics, as well as current thinking on behavioral science research. They have also updated the 30+ special elements, adding entirely new checklists, diagrams, and sample parts of research papers. Also new to this edition is up-to-date information on computerized literature searches, writing and statistical software, and use of computers for data and schedule management

"...helps graduate students to apply what they have already learned to the practical conduct of research...provides the 'nuts and bolts' needed to put together a thesis and a dissertation."

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book describes the dissertation/theses process from start to finish. The step-by-step guide will help the reader complete a seemingly monumental task. The first edition was published in 1993.
Purpose: According to the authors, their purpose is as follows: "Our major purpose in writing the first version of this book was to help students. We have received many letters, e-mails, and other communications from students (and from the occasional dissertation supervisor!) expressing thanks, so we believed we had accomplished our goal. We also received some constructive criticism and began to realize that some of our material had become out of date. In revising this volume, we have updated each of the chapters in significant ways."
Audience: The intended audience is graduate students in psychology and related fields. Dr. Cone is a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. Dr. Foster is a professor at Alliant International University in San Diego and has served as associate editor for Behavioral Assessment and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
Features: The book's 14 chapters walk students through the process of beginning and completing a thesis or dissertation. It is easy to read and extremely practical. Beginning with the second chapter, there is a "to do" list at the end of the chapter, with specific steps, based on the chapter contents. Wonderful exhibits help elucidate the material. All of the chapters are great, not a bad one in the bunch. The only appendix, Selected Ethical Standards Relevant to the Conduct of Research in Psychology, part of the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct from 2002, will help students become aware of the ethical responsibilities when writing such a large project and communicating the results to others. Another nice feature is the supplemental resources listing at the end of most of the chapters. This book is like sitting with your advisor and getting answers to all your questions. These authors know how to communicate the material.
Assessment: This is a wonderful resource for any graduate student in psychology or related fields. In fact, it is must-reading in order to do a thesis/dissertation well. If I would encourage a student to buy any particular book, besides their required textbooks, this would be the one. No advisor or chairperson has the time to tell you all this important information and the book is reasonably priced. Because it's been almost 15 years since the first edition, this new edition is justified. The chapters have been updated and new information added.
A book written by two long-time professors to help graduate students in psychology and related fields negotiate the thesis and dissertation process from beginning to end. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591473626
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 375
  • Sales rank: 126,346
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 What are theses and dissertations and why write a book about them? 3
Ch. 2 Starting out : assessing your preparation for the task ahead 11
Ch. 3 Time and trouble management 31
Ch. 4 Finding topics and faculty collaborators 45
Ch. 5 Formulating and communicating your plans : an overview of the proposal 81
Ch. 6 Reviewing the literature 95
Ch. 7 Research methodology and ethics 127
Ch. 8 Measurement 161
Ch. 9 Selecting the appropriate statistics 187
Ch. 10 Collecting, managing, and analyzing the data 227
Ch. 11 Presenting the results 249
Ch. 12 Discussing the results 269
Ch. 13 Managing committee meetings : proposal and oral defense 289
Ch. 14 Presenting your project to the world 313
App Selected ethical standards relevant to the conduct of research in psychology 335
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2009

    Very useful!

    This book was a supplemental material I used with and an amazing statistical research consultant who is famous in NYC to do my dissertation. By the way the consultant is also an author and I recommend his materials too as resources. For example, please see Research Pathways by William M. Bannon, Jr. The whole process really came together and made my dissertation a breeze to do!

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    Posted September 25, 2013

    The book is excellent, however it will only get 1 star due to th

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