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Writing a Successful Thesis or Dissertation : Tips and Strategies for Students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences - Fred C. Lunenburg

Writing a Successful Thesis or Dissertation

Tips and Strategies for Students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

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The advice and resources you need to complete your thesis or dissertation!

Written in a conversational style for both faculty and students, this how-to manual covers quantitative and qualitative research methods and provides comprehensive guidance for successfully completing a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation. 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

"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 where the authors combine a textbook approach to teaching research with a how-to approach." -- Carol Roberts, Professor, University of La Verne
"During 40-plus years of working with doctoral students, this reviewer has encountered a large number of manuscripts written by various professors who give advice to doctoral students in writing their research in dissertation styles. None comes close to comparing to this work done by Lunenburg and Irby, who have developed their book with a plethora of examples of every sort in order to demonstrate to the student many ways of dealing with a host of issues that are encountered in writing a dissertation." -- Education Review, November 2010
"The best book of its kind I have ever seen. It is succinct yet thorough and includes lots of appropriate examples. It takes the reader from the process of developing a topic through all the stages of writing and defending the dissertation, up to and including presentation and publication. It is academic, pragmatic, and politically astute." -- Sharon Toomey Clark, Educational Consultant
"This is a very practical book and will be immediately usable for graduate students at any stage during their research. The multitude of examples is wonderful, and the content is very current." -- Mary Betsy Brenner, Professor of Education
"This book may soon become as dog-eared in my reference library as my APA manual. Some may see a dissertation journey as a thousand miles, but these authors help the writer see the process one step at a time." -- Monica Kempland, Academic Advisor, St. Louis University

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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ISBN: 9781412942256
ISBN-10: 141294225X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st December 2007
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.7  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.71