Theses And Dissertations / Edition 1

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Overview

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: 7/30/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 310
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Dale L. Brubaker is Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has also served on the faculties of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He received his doctorate in foundations of education from Michigan State University. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books on education and educational leadership, including CREATIVE CURRICULUM LEADERSHIP (Corwin), STAYING ON TRACK, (Corwin), and CREATIVE SURVIVAL IN EDUCATIONAL BUREAUCRACIES.

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Table of Contents

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2002

    Gives students peace of mind.

    As someone who works privately with students, helping them with dissertations and theses, I highly recommend this book. When students contact me in regard to assistance with their thesis or dissertation, I recommend that they use this book as a reference. It is the most comprehensive guidebook for the planning, developing, and writing a thesis or dissertation that I have come across.

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