Theses and Dissertations: A Guide to Planning, Research, and Writing available in Paperback
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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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About the Author
R. Murray Thomas is professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dale L. Brubaker is Professor, Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Table of Contents
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
Types of Research Methods and Sources of Information
Data Collection Techniques and Instruments
Things That Go Wrong
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
What People are Saying About This
"Too many students complete their thesis or dissertation and say 'If only I had known x.' Thomas and Brubaker have provided the book that will help all such students. The clear exposition, the recognition of problems, multiple perspectives, and advice coming from years of experience make this an essential book for those considering, and completing theses and dissertations. The Checklists, the breadth of coverage, and the attention to details and depth provide readers (both students and supervisors) with an excellent resource. As a supervisor of 180+ students, the book is invaluable both for my students and me. I will use the book to help initiate students into the supervision process, assist when we reach the usual impasses, and provide perspectives for both. Too often the thesis or dissertation is a once-only experience for students and Thomas and Brubaker's book will be the voice of experience for the student."
"Coming generations of graduate students will be in debt to Professors Thomas and Brubaker for providing a long overdue guide to the rite of passage called the Theses and Dissertation. This book is realistic, clear and refreshingly sensitive to what the student too frequently does not but needs to know. Why such a book has not been written before is mystifying."