Theses And Dissertations / Edition 1

Theses And Dissertations / Edition 1

by R. Murray Thomas, Dale L. Brubaker, Dale L. Brubaker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0897897463

ISBN-13: 9780897897464

Pub. Date: 07/30/2000

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

This book guides students through the process of planning, researching, and writing the final version of theses and dissertations. Five major stages of the process are illustrated with multiple examples from the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, and such allied fields as education, social work, and business administration. The first stage, Preparing the

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This book guides students through the process of planning, researching, and writing the final version of theses and dissertations. Five major stages of the process are illustrated with multiple examples from the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, and such allied fields as education, social work, and business administration. The first stage, Preparing the Way, describes problems and alternative solutions in working with faculty advisors and in searching the professional literature. Stage 2 explains how to find good research topics and define them clearly for presentation to faculty advisors.

Stage 3 describes problems often encountered in data collection and suggests solutions for those problems. At Stage 4, students learn ways of organizing and interpreting information, including classification schemes, verbal and statistical summaries, and methods of deriving meaning from data. The final stage, Presenting the Finished Product, offers guidelines for thesis and dissertation writing and for publishing the results in such media as books, journal articles, and popular periodicals. Stage 5 also includes a chapter about how students can mount a convincing defense of their work during a faculty committee's final oral examination session.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897897464
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/2000
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
1450L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface

The Nature of Theses and Dissertations

Preparing the Way

Sources of Guidance

Searching the Literature

Choosing and Defining Research Topics

Sources and Types of Research Problems

Building and Adapting Theories

Stating the Problem and Its Rationale

Collecting Information

Types of Research Methods and Sources of Information

Data Collection Techniques and Instruments

Things That Go Wrong

Organizing Information

Classification Patterns

Summarizing Information Verbally, Numerically, and Graphically

Interpreting the Results

Modes of Interpretation

Presenting the Finished Product

Writing the Final Version

Mounting a Persuasive Defense

Reaching a Wider Audience

Appendix: Outline of a Dissertation Proposal

References

Index

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