How to Write a Master's Thesis

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ISBN-13: 9781452203515
Edition: 2nd 2014
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List price: $44.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

How to Write a Masters Thesis is a comprehensive manual on how to conceptualize and write a five-chapter masters thesis, including the introduction, literature review, methodology, results, and discussion/conclusion. Very often, a theory-practice gap exists for students who have taken the prerequisite methods and statistics courses in their masters program but who have yet to understand how to apply and translate what they've learned about the research process with their first major project. Yvonna Bui demystifies this process by integrating the language learned in these prerequisite courses into a step-by-step guide for developing one's own thesis/project.

Yvonne Nguyen Bui (Ph.D., Special Education, Learning Disabilities, University of Kansas) is an Associate Professor, Department of Learning and Instruction, School of Education, University of San Francisco. She teaches Research Methods, Master's Thesis, Applied Educational Statistics, Grant Writing, and courses in Special Education at the masters and doctoral levels. She serves as the chairperson and committee member for students' theses and dissertations within the School of Education. She is the co-editor of Exceptional Children in Today's Schools: What Teachers Need to Know, by Love Publishing.

List of Students' Master's Theses
Preface
About the Author
Overview of the Master's Degree and Thesis
The Master's Degree
Benefits of Obtaining a Master's Degree
Master's Degree Program
Master's Thesis Committee and Chairperson
What Is a Master's Thesis?
The Difference Between a Master's Thesis and a Term Paper
The Difference Between a Master's Thesis and a Doctoral Dissertation
Components of a Master's Thesis
Introduction
Literature Review
Methods
Results
Discussion
Quantitative Versus Qualitative Studies
Quantitative Methods
Qualitative Methods
Style Form
Summary
Resources
Common Obstacles and Practical Solutions
Reflection/Discussion Questions
Try It Exercises
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Web Links
Selecting a Research Topic
Important Factors to Consider When Selecting a Topic
Personal Significance
Critical Issues in the Field
Existing Research Literature
Search Engines
Electronic Databases
Ethical Considerations
How to Narrow and Refocus Your Topic
Feasibility
Accessibility
Time and Resources
Developing Answerable Research Questions
Answerable Questions
Defining Terms
Creating a Realistic Timeline
Time Management
Reserving Time
Chunking Method
Summary
Resources
Common Obstacles and Practical Solutions
Reflection/Discussion Questions
Try It Exercises
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Web Link
Using the Literature to Research Your Problem
Benefits of Conducting a Literature Review
Sources of Data: Primary Versus Secondary
Primary Sources
Secondary Sources
Selecting Keywords
Conducting Searches in Electronic Databases
Basic Search
Limiters
Expanders
Advanced Search
Boolean Operators
Symbols
Using the Thesaurus
Conducting Searches on the Internet
Different Types of Articles
Refereed Versus Non-Refereed
Staying Organized
Summary
Resources
Common Obstacles and Practical Solutions
Reflection/Discussion Questions
Try It Exercises
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Web Links
Conducting Ethical Research
Background and History
Nuremberg Code
Thalidomide
Tuskegee Syphilis Study
Legal and Ethical Principles
Belmont Report
Respect for Persons
Beneficence
Justice
Federal Regulations
Common Rule
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
IRB Application Process
Preparing the IRB Research Plan
Ethical Behavior
Plagiarism
Summary
Resources
Common Obstacles and Practical Solutions
Reflection/Discussion Questions
Try It Exercises
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Web Links
How to Write Chapter One, Introduction
Writing Style
Chapter One Sections
Introduction
Statement of the Problem
Background and Need
Three Parallel Ladders Strategy
Purpose of the Study
Research Questions
Significance to the Field
Definitions
Limitations
Ethical Considerations
Summary
Resources
Common Obstacles and Practical Solutions
Reflection/Discussion Questions
Try It Exercises
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Web Links
How to Write Chapter Two, Literature Review
Preparation and Organization
Chapter Two Sections
Introduction
Advance Organizer
Body of the Review
Research Synthesis
Section Summary
Chapter Summary
Summary
Resources
Common Obstacles and Practical Solutions
Reflection/Discussion Questions
Try It Exercises
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Web Links
How to Write Chapter Three, Methods
Preparation and Organization
Chapter Three Sections
Introduction
Setting
Participants
Intervention and Materials
Measurement Instruments
Validity and Reliability
Procedure
Data Analysis
Summary
Resources
Common Obstacles and Practical Solutions
Reflection/Discussion Questions
Try It Exercises
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Web Links
How to Write Chapter Four, Results
Preparation and Organization
Chapter Four Sections
Quantitative Data
Descriptive Statistics
Measures of Central Tendency
Measures of Variability
Additional Ways to Report Data Descriptively
Inferential Statistics
Tests of Significance
Independent-Samples t Test
Independent-Samples t Test SPSS Output
Paired-Samples t Test
Paired-Samples t Test SPSS Output
Qualitative Data
Major Themes and Patterns
Research Questions
Validity of Findings
Summary
Resources
Common Obstacles and Practical Solutions
Reflection/Discussion Questions
Try It Exercises
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Web Links
How to Write Chapter Five, Discussion
Preparation and Organization
Chapter Five Sections
Introduction
Discussion
Limitations
Recommendations for Future Research
Conclusion
Summary
Resources
Common Obstacles and Practical Solutions
Reflection/Discussion Questions
Try It Exercises
Suggested Readings
Web Links
Final Formatting, APA Style
Preparation and Organization
APA Style
Levels of Heading
Citations in Text
Direct Quotes
Paraphrasing
One Work, One Author
One Work, Multiple Authors
One Work, Group Author
Two or More Works
Websites and Webpages
Personal Communications
Secondary Sources
Reference List
Order and Format
Periodicals
Books and Book Chapters
Online Sources
Online Journal Articles and Documents
Websites and Webpages
Tables
Tables in Text
Placement and Spacing
Title
Headings and Body
Notes
Figures
Figures in Text
Placement, Size, and Font
Captions and Legends
Graphs
Appendixes
Appendixes in Text
Placement and Cover Pages
Front Pages
Title Page
Signature Page
Acknowledgments
Abstract
Table of Contents
Lists of Tables and Figures
Copying and Binding
Final Tips and Checklist
Getting Published
Summary
Resources
Common Obstacles and Practical Solutions
Reflection/Discussion Questions
Try It Exercises
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Web Links
Appendixes
Glossary
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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