dissertation design

dissertation design

This concise, hands-on book by author Elizabeth A. Wentz is essential reading for any graduate student entering the dissertation process in the social or behavioral sciences. The book addresses the importance of ethical scientific research, developing your curriculum vitae, effective reading and writing, completing a literature review, conceptualizing your research idea, and translating that idea into a realistic research proposal using research methods.
The author also offers insight into oral presentations of the completed proposal, and the final chapter presents ideas for next steps after the proposal has been presented. Taking the view that we “learn by doing,” the author provides Quick Tasks, Action Items, and To Do List activities throughout the text that, when combined, develop each piece of your research proposal. Designed primarily for quantitative or mixed methods research dissertations, this book is a valuable start-to-finish resource.

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An intensive ESP thesis-writing course is described with particular attention to target learning needs. An interactive model of needs analysis involving target level participants and EFL learners is presented. Because the course focused on total discourse (Trimble, 1985) learning needs, the relevant differences between developing text- and total discourse-based courses are discussed. Course design is described and implications for teaching the thesis as well as other forms of total discourse to EFL students are suggested.
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