Guide to the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: A Handbook for Students and Faculty

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Conduct of the Study

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Leading researchers discipline themselves when they conduct a study by setting specific, short-term objectives to be accomplished at given times. Students can employ that same action principle through the use of a “to do by…” list (Fig. 7-1). We recommend that students use the list, or one similar to it, in connection with the time line proposed in Chapter 1. The list guides movement from one point to the next one on the time line. Also, it is a convenient place to record and schedule items on your computer that require attention and might otherwise be overlooked or forgotten. A list of this kind should be routinely checked and updated every morning or at some other regular time each day. An advantage of doing it first thing in the morning is the assistance it gives in setting the day's schedule.

We put great store on the importance of self-management and independence of action on the part of the investigator. Advisors are usually pleased to help students in formulating their goals. It is good

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Preface v
  • Contents ix
  • List of Figures xiii
  • Historical Introduction: the Emergence of Advanced Degrees and Graduate Research xv
  • 1 - Getting Started 1
  • 2 - The Research Advisor 35
  • 3 - Developing the Proposal 67
  • 4 - Preparation of the Proposal 97
  • 5 - The Thesis or Dissertation Committee 143
  • 6 - Approval of the Overview 167
  • 7 - Conduct of the Study 199
  • 8 - Writing the Manuscript 237
  • 9 - Defense of the Thesis or Dissertation 263
  • 10 - The Completed Thesis or Dissertation and Future Growth 283
  • Appendix A: Suggested Proposal and Project Guidelines 303
  • Appendix B: 309
  • Bibliography 315
  • Index 327
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