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

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Preparation of the Proposal

QUICK REFERENCE TO ANSWERS TO SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

1.

How do I take the very first step in moving the concept out of my head and into a preliminary draft to show my advisor?

97-99

2.

How can I develop an outline to move my concept draft into a first draft of a proposal manuscript?

104-108

3.

How should I state the problem and define and clarify the limits of my investigation?

108-116

4.

What literature must I review for the proposal?

116-125

5.

What must I include about how the study will be conducted?

125-138


GETTING STARTED

Write Answers to Questions

Moving the proposal * out of your head and into written form can be done in stages. The very first stage can be quite informal (Locke et al., 2000).

One way that works for a lot of students is to write a few short sentences about each of the seven questions below. (Change the order, if you wish, and add other points if you think they are important.) The

*The proposal is sometimes called an overview or a concept paper. Operationally, the terms seem to mean the same.

-97-

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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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