A thoroughly revised and updated classic. This step-by-step guide takes masters and doctoral students through the five stages of writing a thesis or dissertation: preparing the way, choosing and defining research topics, collecting and organizing information, interpreting the results, presenting the finished product. The authors have successfully led hundreds of graduate students through the masters theses and disseration process. This comprehensive guidebook includes helpful checklists, multiple examples, and practical strategies. It covers both qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research.
Dale L. Brubaker is Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has also served on the faculties of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He received his doctorate in foundations of education from Michigan State University. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books on education and educational leadership, including CREATIVE CURRICULUM LEADERSHIP (Corwin), STAYING ON TRACK, (Corwin), and CREATIVE SURVIVAL IN EDUCATIONAL BUREAUCRACIES.
Preface About the Authors 1. The Nature of Theses and Dissertations Stage I. Preparing the Way 2. Sources of Guidance 3. Searching the Literature Stage II. Choosing and Defining Research Topics 4. Sources and Types of Research Problems 5. Building and Adapting Theories 6. Stating the Problem and Its Rationale Stage III-A. Collecting Information 7. Types of Research Methods and Sources of Information 8. Data Collection Techniques and Instruments 9. Things That Go Wrong Stage III-B. Organizing Information 10. Classification Patterns 11. Summarizing Information Verbally, Numerically, Graphically Stage IV. Interpreting the Results 12. Modes of Interpretation Stage V. Presenting the Finished Product 13. Writing the Final Version 14. Mounting a Persuasive Defense 15. Reaching a Wider Audience Appendix: Outline of a Dissertation Proposal References Index