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Overview

Yvonne N. Bui’sHow to Write a Masters Thesis is a step-by-step guidebook that demystifies a process that can often prove to be overwhelming and confusing to graduate students. The tone and format of the book is reader-friendly and includes practical suggestions that go beyond informing what “should” be done. It is chock full of detailed explanations, examples, and supplemental materials that have been used successfully in advising students in completing their master’s theses.

Key Features

  • Provides detailed explanations of the various components of the master’s thesis
  • Presents concrete strategies on how to conduct a literature review, write each chapter of the master’s thesis, and apply the American Psychological Association (APA) editorial style
  • Covers both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Includes sample excerpts adapted from students’ completed master’s theses in each chapter
  • Contains a comprehensive resources section that features “Try It” exercises and reflection/discussion questions designed to help students work through the thesis process
  • Presents numerous figures and captured screen shots from relevant Web sites, ERIC electronic database, and SPSS software integrated with the text

Intended Audience
The book is intended for graduate students across the social and behavioral sciences undertaking a traditional five-chapter thesis as part of the requirements for a master’s degree as well as the university faculty who advise them.

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Editorial Reviews

Lindy Smart
I just wanted to say what a wonderful guide your book has been through my entire thesis writing experience. I referenced your book through every chapter and as I begin to write the last chapter, I honestly feel that I wouldn't feel as confident with my draft if not for your writing. It has a perfect balance of humor, motivation, realistic expectations, and wonderful examples. I especially appreciated your examples and instructions for the SPSS software interpretations.
Bible Lee
This is thebest book I have read so far on how to write a master's thesis, I love the practical adviceand the conversational writingstyle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412957106
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/22/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Yvonne N. Bui (Ph D, Special Education, Learning Disabilities, University of Kansas) is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Learning and Instruction, School of Education at the University of San Francisco. She teaches master’s and doctoral level courses in Special Education, Research Methods, Master’s Thesis, Statistics, Grant Writing, and Dissertation Proposal Development. She serves as the chairperson and committee member for students’ theses and dissertations within the School of Education. She is the coeditor of Exceptional Children in Today’s Schools: What Teachers Need to Know. Her research interests include developing curriculum for students with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and international special education. Her personal interests include reading, writing, hiking, backpacking, camping, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Table of Contents

1. Overview of the Master’s Degree and Thesis
2. Selecting a Research Topic
3. Using the Literature to Research Your Problem
4. Conducting Ethical Research
5. How to Write Chapter One, Introduction
6. How to Write Chapter Two, Review of the Literature
7. How to Write Chapter Three, Methods
8. How to Write Chapter Four, Results
9. How to Write Chapter Five, Discussion
10. Final Formatting, APA Style

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