Writing and Publishing Your Thesis, Dissertation, and Research A Guide for Students in the Helping Professions

ISBN-10: 0534559743
ISBN-13: 9780534559748
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $139.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/21/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

This book provides masters and doctoral students with an in-depth and comprehensive guide to the process of writing a thesis or dissertation. It breaks down this often foreboding and overwhelming goal into achievable steps, presenting models that prepare readers for each stage of the process. Within each step, the authors supply all the tools and detailed instructions necessary for the successful completion of a thesis or dissertation. Along the way, the book offers readers skills and techniques that can help them cope more effectively with the psychological or emotional blocks that often get in the way of accomplishing their goal.

P. Paul Heppner is a professor of the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri. He is cofounder of the MU Center for Multicultural Research, Training and Consultation and was the inaugural co-chair of the International Section of counseling Psychology. He has served on several national and international editorial boards and as editor of The Counseling Psychologist.

Dr. Mary Heppner is an Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research interests include women's career development, career transitions, multicultural issues in therapy, rape prevention, teaching enhancement, and training issues. She also teaches a course in scientific writing that served as the inspiration for WRITING AND PUBLISHING YOUR THESIS, DISSERTATION, AND RESEARCH: A GUIDE FOR THE HELPING PROFESSIONS STUDENT. Mary has received numerous awards, including the John Holland Award for Research in Career Development, the Kemper Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the Early Scientist-Practitioner Award. She also received a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan. She is the author of over 70 articles, book chapters and books.

Setting Yourself up for Success: Alleviating Barriers That May Impede Your Progress
Factors that May Impede Your Success
Summary and Conclusion
Strengths and Barriers Exercise
My Thesis or Dissertation Self-Care Plan
Identifying Your Topic and Making it Researchable
The Affective Side: Focusing on Your Feelings
Factors in Selecting a Research Topic
Finding Research Topics
Developing a Topic into a Researchable Study
Further Refining a Topic by Identifying Initial Research Questions
Grant Support for Graduate Research
Conclusions
Developing a Focus to our Research Topic: An Exercise
Overview: Setting The Stage For The Thesis Or Dissertation
The Funnel: An Essential Writing Tool
Key Elements of the Overview Chapter
Checklist for Chapter One of the Thesis or Dissertation
Searching And Reviewing The Relevant Literature: Finding What Has Come Before
The Search Process: A Highly Specialized and Non-linear Process
Resources to Conduct a Literature Search
Organizing the Results of your Search
Conclusions
Research Hypotheses: The Motor That Drives the Study
Specifying Research Questions
Types of Research Questions
Examples of Research Questions within a Programmatic Line of Research
Specifying Research Hypotheses
Writing Research Questions and Hypotheses
Summarizing the Literature to Establish Research Questions and Hypotheses
Research Questions and Analyses
Conclusions
Writing Your Literature Review: Integration and Case Building
Structural Elements in Writing a Research Review
Describing, Analyzing and Synthesizing the Literature within the Text
Writing Style and Process
Conclusions
Exercise: Synthesizing Information across Studies
Checklist for Chapter Two of the Thesis or Dissertation
Quantitative Methods: Mapping Your Research Plan
Where to Begin: The Chapter Roadmap
Participants
Instruments
Procedures
Statistical Analyses
Conclusions
Checklist for Chapter Three of the Thesis or Dissertation
Qualitative Methods: On the Road to Exploring the Unknown (co-authored with Yu-Wei Wang)
Before Telling you the Story: What is Qualitative Research
Definition of qualitative research
Myths and facts about qualitative research
Where does this story start? Paradigms: The ground rules
Exclusion is Easier, Inclusion is Better: Diversifying Samples (co-authored with M
Meghan Davidson)
Advantages of Diversifying Samples
Drawbacks to Diversifying Samples
Advice for Drawing the Circle Bigger
Conclusions
Working with Your Advisor and Committee
Working with the advisor
Formation of the committee
Contacting potential committee members
Level of contact with committee members outside of the meeting
Providing copies of the proposal to the committee and scheduling the meeting
Preparing for the proposal meeting
Data Collection and Analysis Scheduling and Presenting the Defense
Conclusions
Demonstrating Integrity and Professionalism in Your Research
Attitudes Toward Conducting Research
Reflecting on Each Phase of the Research Process
Conclusions
Conducting Quantitative Analyses and Presenting Your Results (co-authored with Dong-gwi Lee and Hyun-joo Park)
Where to Begin: The Chapter Roadmap
Common Preliminary Components of the Results Chapter
Writing the Results chapter
Conclusion
Checklist for Chapter Four of the Thesis or Dissertation
Useful references for other statistical techniques
Qualitative Results: The Meaning Making Process (co-authored with Yu-Wei Wang)
Grounded Theory
Consensual Qualitative Research
Phenomenology/Hermeneutics
Conclusions
The Discussion: Making the Data Sing
Affective Reactions
Most Important Elements of a Discussion Chapter
Conclusions
Checklist for Chapter Five of the Thesis or Dissertation
Citations and Reference Lists: The Devil is in the Details
Style of Citing References in the Text
Common Problems in Combing References
Common Reference List Errors
Utilizing Bibliographic Computer Programs for Your References
Summary and Conclusions
A Sample Reference List
Publishing the Thesis or Dissertation
Affective Reactions
Myths About the Writing Process
Steps on the Road to Professional Publication
Common Problems in Manuscripts Submitted for Publication
Conclusions
References

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