Writing the Winning Thesis Or Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Here's an experience-based, step-by-step, practical guide to take you through planning, writing, and presenting your dissertation or thesis. Find out how to write an objective, documented, and detailed report of your research, one that reflects well on you as a researcher and can help advance your career. Glatthorn divides the book into five sections, with each section focusing on a specific part of the process.

This Second Edition includes two completely new chapters - one on using the technology in doing the research and writing the dissertation and one on using peer collaboration. It also provides specific models and examples for each chapter of the dissertation.

He shows you exactly how to:

- Find a research topic and lay the proper groundwork

- Develop a high-quality proposal and defend it successfully

- Do your research, collect your ideas, and write your paper

- Defend and (if appropriate) publish your work

- Solve work- or committee-related problems that may come up along the way

You'll gain a wealth of knowledge from Glatthorn's experience chairing nearly 100 dissertation committees. He shows you how the correct academic style adds credibility to your work. His insights can save you hours of valuable time and help you streamline the preparation of your paper. If you have a thesis or dissertation to write, and you are having a hard time getting started or have questions about the process, this is the book you need. It answers your questions and gives you the information to need to get started and keep going. It can make the difference success and failure for your dissertation between.

 

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Laying the Groundwork for the Thesis and Dissertation
3
Understanding the Special Nature of the Dissertation
4
Making Ethical Choices With Respect to the Dissertation
8
Securing the Needed Resources
13
Understanding the Key Differences Between the Thesis and the Dissertation
15
A Look Ahead
16
Finding a Research Problem
17
Make a Personal Assessment of Topics
18
Organizing the Dissertation
155
What Principles Govern the Organization of Individual Chapters?
157
How Is the Dissertation Finally Packaged?
161
Writing the Introductory Chapter
163
Introduction to the Chapter
164
The Background of the Study
165
The Problem Statement
166
The Professional Significance of the Study
167

Conduct a Broad Scan of the Literature
23
Reflect and Discuss
29
Conducting a Focused Review of the Literature
31
Retrieve All Related Abstracts
32
Evaluate the Results
33
Retrieve the Full Texts of the Most Useful Sources
35
Use Primary Sources
36
Develop an Annotated Bibliography
37
A Concluding Note
38
Making a Preliminary Choice of Methodology
39
Research Types
41
Research Methods
44
Make Preliminary Choices
45
Organizing and Scheduling Your Work
47
Develop a Planning Chart
48
Make the Tentative Entries
50
Developing the Prospectus and Organizing the Committee
53
Developing the Prospectus
54
Choosing and Organizing the Committee
57
Using Peer Collaboration
63
Structuring the Collaborative
64
Formalize the Structure and Request Adviser Approval
66
Using Technology
69
Prepare Yourself
71
Spreadsheets
72
Reference Formatting
73
Caution in Using the Technology
74
Learning From the PreProposal Conference
77
Examine the Research Problem
78
Review Your Schedule
79
Follow Up on the Conference
81
Developing and Defending the Proposal
83
Conducting a Comprehensive Critique of the Literature
85
Maintain Good Research Practices Throughout the Search
86
Establish Parameters for the Search
89
Conduct a Comprehensive Search
90
Critique All Sources Retrieved
92
A Concluding Note
95
Detailing the Methodology
97
TypeSpecific Issues
98
Develop Your Research Design
105
Developing and Defending the Proposal
107
The Big Picture
108
Writing Chapter 1
109
Writing Chapter 2
115
Writing Chapter 3
121
The Appendix Section
122
Researching and Writing the Thesis or Dissertation
127
Carrying Out the Research Design
129
PROBLEMS AFTER THE DEFENSEEnsure Access to the Research Site
130
Avoid Premature Data Collection
131
Prevent Problems With the InPROBLEMS AFTER THE DEFENSEtervention
132
Use Computers Mindfully
133
Maintain Careful and Duplicate Records
134
Mastering the Academic Style
135
Use the Writing Process
136
Mastering the Academic Style
142
Overview of Methodology
168
Writing the Review of the Literature
171
Update the Comprehensive Critique of the Literature
172
Develop the Final Outline
173
Use Levels of Headings That Reflect the Outline
175
Write the Introductory Paragraph
177
Write the First Section of the Review
178
Write the Remaining Sections Including a Summary
182
Some Specific Reminders
183
Explaining the Methodology
185
Determine the Content of the Chapter
186
Outline the Chapter and Use Headings Appropriately
187
Describe the Context for the Study
190
Identify the Subjects or Participants
192
Identify the Instruments Used to Collect Data
193
Explain the Procedures Used in Carrying Out the Design
194
Explain How the Data Were Analyzed
195
Write a Summary
196
Presenting the Results
197
Determine the Organization of the Chapter
198
Develop the Tables and Figures
199
Write the Introductory Paragraph
200
Write the First Section
201
Write the Remaining Sections Using Appropriate Headings
202
Summarizing and Discussing the Results
203
Develop an Outline of the Final Chapter
204
Restate the Problem and Review the Methodology
205
Discuss the Meaning of the Study
207
Preparing the Dissertation for Defense
211
Edit the Dissertation
212
Check on Content and Order
213
Write the Abstract
214
Write the Acknowledgments Page
215
List of References
216
Submit the DissertationPROBLEMS AFTER THE DEFENSE
217
Defending and Profiting From the Dissertation
219
Holding a Successful Defense
221
Hold the Defense
222
After Your Presentation
226
Publishing From the Thesis or Dissertation
227
Present a Scholarly Paper
228
Publish a Journal Article
229
Develop a Plan to Publish a Book
234
Solving Problems Throughout the Dissertation
237
Solving Problems With the Committee
239
The Dynamic of the Committee
240
Preventing Problems With the Committee
241
Dealing With Committee Problems
244
Solving Personal Problems With the Dissertation
249
Problems Near the End of the Course Work
250
Problems at the End of the Course Work
253
Problems After the Proposal
255
Problems After the Defense
257
References
259
Index
261
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حول المؤلف (2005)

Allan A. Glatthorn (deceased) was a Distinguished Research Professor of Education (Emeritus) at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina.

Randy L. Joyner is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership in the College of Education, of East Carolina University. He teaches two of the four research courses required for the doctorate. His current research interest is the assessment of strategies for deliver ing doctoral instruction. He has received several awards for his research: the Delta Pi Epsilon doctoral research award; the Omicron Tau Theta Iota Chapter Research Award; and the Delta Pi Epsilon Alpha Chapter Research Award. The results of his research have been published in national and international journals.

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