Writing a Successful Thesis or Dissertation Tips and Strategies for Students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

ISBN-10: 141294225X
ISBN-13: 9781412942256
Edition: 2008
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List price: $46.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 12/14/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

"Accurate, clearly written, and easy to understand even for the beginning researcher, with equal coverage of both qualitative and quantitative research. This is the only book to combine a textbook approach with a how-to approach." Carol Roberts, Professor, University of La Verne Author, The Dissertation Journey "This is a very practical book and will be immediately usable for graduate students at any stage in their research. The multitude of examples is wonderful, and the content is very current." Mary Betsy Brenner, Professor of Education University of California, Santa Barbara The advice and resources you need to complete your thesis or dissertation! No matter what state or stage your project is in, this how-to manual provides comprehensive guidance to help you tackle your master's thesis or doctoral dissertation. Covering both quantitative and qualitative research methods, this essential resource offers direction for every step of the process. Drawing on 40 years of experience supervising dissertations, the authors provide examples from 100 completed projects to guide readers through: Choosing a topic and writing research hypotheses Selecting a chair or committee Ensuring a successful proposal and oral defense Adapting the finished product for publication Using the Internet and desktop publishing effectively With a conversational style suitable for both faculty and students, Writing a Successful Thesis or Dissertation demystifies the writing experience and presents step-by-step directions for successfully completing your project.

Beverly J. Irby, Ed.D. is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Sam Houston State University. She has also served as Director of Field Experiences, Supervisor of Mentor Services, Liaison for Sam Houston State University's Urban Professional Development Site, and as a Title VII Grants Coordinator at an urban elementary school. She has published widely, authored or co-authored numerous grants, and consulted frequently with school districts.nbsp;

Frederick C. Lunenburg is the Jimmy N. Merchant Professor of Education at Sam Houston State University. Prior to moving to the university, he served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles and 20 books,nbsp;including High Expectations: An Action Plan for Implementing Goals 2000 (Corwin Press, 2000). He received the Phi Delta Kappa Research Award in 1986 and was The Distinguished Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) in 1995.

Preface
About the Authors
Getting Started
Selecting a Suitable Topic
Sources of Topics
Criteria for Topic Selection
Summary
Selecting a Chair and Committee
Criteria to Consider in Selecting a Chair
Composition and Role of the Committee
Research Prospective Committee Members
The Desirable Student
Summary
What You Need to Know
Quantitative Research Designs
Descriptive Research
Correlational Research
Causal-Comparative Research
Quasi-Experimental Research
Experimental Research
Theory Development
Summary
Basic Statistics
Descriptive Statistics
Inferential Statistics
Summary
Qualitative Research Designs
Phenomenological Research
Case Study Research
Ethnographic Research
Grounded Theory Research
Mixed Method Research
Summary
The Dissertation Chapters
Writing the Introduction Chapter
Background of the Study
Statement of the Problem
Purpose of the Study
Significance of the Study
Definition of Terms
Theoretical Framework
Models
Research Questions (or Hypotheses)
Limitations
Delimitations
Assumptions
Organization of the Study
Summary
Writing the Literature Review Chapter
Searching the Literature
Writing the Literature Review
Synthesizing the Literature
Summary
Writing the Methodology Chapter
Introduction
Selection of Participants
Instrumentation
Data Collection
Data Analysis
Summary
Conclusion
Writing the Results Chapter
Introduction
Descriptive Statistics
Testing the Research Questions (Hypotheses)
Additional Analyses
Summary
Conclusion
Writing the Discussion Chapter
Summary
Discussion
Implications for Practice
Recommendations for Further Research
Conclusions
Summary
The Defense and Afterward
The Proposal and Final Defense
Prepare a Well-Written Document
Know the Format
Prepare Your Presentation
Practice Your Presentation
Anticipate Questions
Final Oral Defense
Tips on How to Avoid Common Mistakes
Summary
Publishing Your Dissertation
Presentations
Job Interview
Academic Journals
Books
Chapters in Books
Popular Press
Internet Publishing
Desktop Publishing
Planning the Writing Process
Summary
Initial Letter to Participants
First Follow-up Letter to Participants
Second Follow-up Letter to Participants
Dissertation Proposal Outline (Correlational)
Dissertation Proposal Outline (Analysis of Variance)
Dissertation Proposal Outline (Multivariate Analysis of Variance)
Dissertation Proposal Outline (Qualitative)
The Qualitative Research Critique
Agreement: Guidelines for Chairing a Dissertation
Checklist for Dissertation Quality
References
Index

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