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

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Historical Introduction: The Emergence of Advanced Degrees and Graduate Research

The present college and university degree structure has deep roots in more than 700 years of tradition. The connection of advanced degrees with written theses and dissertations goes back in time almost as far.


EMERGENCE OF ADVANCED DEGREES

The awarding of degrees as evidence of advanced study occurred in a time when skill in argument and appeal to authority were valued highly. The thesis and dissertation (T/D) constituted components of well-reasoned arguments. The successful applicant had to take a position (the thesis), buttress it with logic, and relate it to the earlier conclusions of respected scholars (the dissertation) to the point that it could not be refuted. That concept of the T/D gave rise to a viewpoint that continues to this day, namely that the final act with regard to T/D study is the defense of the study by the student before a group of probing questioners. Historically, successful defense led to advancement of the writer from the status of student first to rank of master,

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Table of contents

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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