Writing a Successful Thesis or Dissertation: Tips and by Fred C. Lunenburg, Beverly J Irby

By Fred C. Lunenburg, Beverly J Irby

This entire handbook deals path for each step of the thesis or dissertation method, from deciding on a suitable subject to adapting the completed paintings for e-book.

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Moreover, you need to learn to accept the suggestions and criticisms of your chair and committee members graciously and follow through on them. Nothing is more frustrating for a chair or committee member than to see an error in a final document that was corrected by a chair or committee member previously; that is, the student failed to follow through on committee suggestions. In our combined experience of chairing more than 100 dissertations, we have seen this happen quite frequently. The Committee’s Time You need to look at the dissertation or thesis process from the chairperson’s and committee member’s viewpoints.

Second: what are my research questions? These initial components will drive the method you select. You may determine that a quantitative analysis will suffice in answering your research question or will respond to your purpose. On the other hand, you may conclude that it is qualitative, the deeper understanding of the topic, that responds to your purpose, or ultimately, you may decide that a mixed methods approach, using both quantitative and qualitative analyses, is the best method of inquiry for your dissertation.

Funding Most thesis and dissertation research is not funded, so you incur all of the expenses associated with the project. These financial constraints greatly limit the scope of the research you can undertake. You may check with your department, college, or university for internal funding opportunities. Many federal agencies and some private foundations offer grants for graduate students to pursue degrees and write dissertations. Grants are usually not available for writing master’s theses. Topics that are current and have some unique approach are usually more likely to receive 13 14 Getting Started funding.

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