9780273721703

Inside Track to Writing Dissertations & Theses

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  • ISBN13:

    9780273721703

  • ISBN10:

    0273721704

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-09
  • Publisher: Pearson Education

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Successful Dissertation Writingguides students through the involved process of writing an academic dissertation, developing their ability to communicate ideas and research fluently and successfully. Taking students through the dissertation process, this book includes: Rationales, strategies, examples, and tasks designed to increase confidence, motivation, and sense of achievement Examples of the different genres and purposes of academic writing A glossary of useful terms Instruction on the use of software packages, e.g. Endnote Advice on conducting academic research Recycling/cross-referencing of concepts and ideas for ease of use

Table of Contents

Academic Research: An Overview
Conducting Academic Research
The Differences between a Thesis and a Dissertation
Developing Independence as a Researcher and Finding your Voice
Meeting the Challenges of Academic Research
Intellectual Challenges
Emotional Challenges
Motivational Challenges
Organisational Challenges
Becoming a Member of an Academic Community
Attending Research Seminars and Conferences
Networking in Person and on the Internet
Creating a Support Group
Choosing and Working with Your Supervisor
Preparing to Write
Familiarity with Your School's Rules & Regulations
Ethical Considerations
Deciding on a Research Topic
Identifying a Gap in the Literature
Generating Research Questions and Research Hypotheses
Deciding on the Research Approach
Quantitative Approaches
Qualitative Approaches
Mixed-methods Approaches
Disciplinary and Subject Variations
Clear and Effective Writing
Reading and Planning before You Write
Sources of Information
Selecting Appropriate Information
Note-taking
The Style of Academic Writing
Clarity
Level of Formality
Eliminating Biased Language
Supporting Your Claims
Acknowledging Alternative Perspectives
Avoiding Plagiarism
Summarising and Concluding Individual Chapters
The Mechanics of Academic Writing
Capitalization & Punctuation
Abbreviations
Headings
Quotations
Tables
Figures
Referencing
Appendices
The Research Project
Abstract
The Introduction
The Background of the Issue
Statement of the Problem
Purposes of the Study
Significance of the Study
Theoretical Perspective
The Audience for the Study
Delimitations
The Literature Review
What to Review
How to Review Published Papers and Books
Synthesizing and Summarizing Major Sections
Presenting the Gap in the Literature
Stating the Major Purposes of the Study
Stating Research Questions and Research Hypotheses
Methodology
Research Participants
Instrumentation
Procedures
Analytical Approach
Results
Organizing the Results
Summarizing the Results
Using Tables and Graphs to Present Results
Discussion
Relating Your Results to Previous Research
The Theoretical Consequences of Your Results
How Your Results Have Resolved the Problem You Identified
New Contributions of Your Study
Conclusions
Summarizing Your Findings
Limitations of the Study
Suggestions for Future Research
Final Conclusions
The Viva (oral examination
What is a Viva and What is its Purpose?
How Does the Viva Work?
Choosing your Examiner(s)
Preparing for the Viva
e
Strategies for Success
Appendices
Checklists
Answer Key to Tasks
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