Theses and Dissertations: A Guide to Planning, Research, and Writing

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Chapter 15
Reaching a Wider Audience

"I'd really like to publish my study someplace, maybe as a journal article or even on the World Wide Web. How should I go about it?"

Graduate students often wish to have their research issued in a form that reaches a larger audience than does the typical thesis or dissertation. The purpose of this chapter is to identify eight potential publishing outlets for fulfilling that wish.


A VARIETY OF PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITIES

The types of outlets reviewed in the following pages include conference presentations, academic journals, popular periodicals, books, chapters in books, taped and broadcast presentations, Internet publishing, and researcher-created print publications. The types are described in relation to nine variables--the length of the research report, the intended audience, the likely breadth of dissemination, the probability that the report will be accepted for publication, the time lapse before publication, the author's contribution, the publisher's contribution, the extent of author control over the publication's final form, and the extent of control wielded by the publisher.


Conference Presentations

In many institutions graduate students have opportunities to describe their research in seminars or colloquia attended by their peers and faculty members. However, they can reach a far larger audience when they present their findings at conferences of such academic and professional organizations as the American Educational Research Association, the Comparative and International Education Society, the American Psychological Association, and the like.

The presentation format at such events can be of various kinds--lectures, panels organized around themes, debates, question-answer sessions, poster displays, and open discussions. The poster presentation is a relatively recent innovation

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