Writing a Successful Thesis or Dissertation: Tips and Strategies for Students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

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9781412942249: Writing a Successful Thesis or Dissertation: Tips and Strategies for Students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

The advice and resources you need to complete your thesis or dissertation!

Written in a conversational style for both faculty and students, this how-to manual covers quantitative and qualitative research methods and provides comprehensive guidance for successfully completing a master′s thesis or doctoral dissertation. Drawing on 40 years of experience supervising dissertations, the authors provide examples from 100 completed projects to guide readers through:

  • Choosing a topic and writing research hypotheses
  • Selecting a chair or committee
  • Ensuring a successful proposal and oral defense 
  • Adapting the finished product for publication
  • Using the Internet and desktop publishing effectively

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About the Author:

Frederick C. Lunenburg is the Jimmy N. Merchant Professor of Education at Sam Houston State University. Prior to moving to the university, he served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles and 20 books, including High Expectations: An Action Plan for Implementing Goals 2000 (Corwin Press, 2000). He received the Phi Delta Kappa Research Award in 1986 and was The Distinguished Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) in 1995.

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"This is a very practical book and??will be immediately usable for graduate students at any stage during their research. The multitude of examples is wonderful, and the content is very current." -- Mary Betsy Brenner, Professor of Education (07/16/2007)

???The best book of its kind I have ever seen. It is succinct yet thorough and includes lots of appropriate examples. It takes the reader from the process of developing a topic through all the stages of writing and defending the dissertation, up to and including presentation and publication. It is academic, pragmatic, and politically astute.??? -- Sharon Toomey Clark, Educational Consultant (07/11/2007)

"The best book of its kind I have ever seen. It is succinct yet thorough and includes lots of appropriate examples. It takes the reader from the process of developing a topic through all the stages of writing and defending the dissertation, up to and including presentation and publication. It is academic, pragmatic, and politically astute." -- Sharon Toomey Clark, Educational Consultant

"This is a very practical book and will be immediately usable for graduate students at any stage during their research. The multitude of examples is wonderful, and the content is very current."--Mary Betsy Brenner, Professor of Education

"Accurate, clearly written, and easy to understand even for the beginning researcher, with equal coverage of both qualitative and quantitative research. This is the only book where the authors combine a textbook approach to teaching research with a how-to approach."--Carol Roberts, Professor, University of La Verne (07/11/2007)

"During 40-plus years of working with doctoral students, this reviewer has encountered a large number of manuscripts written by various professors who give advice to doctoral students in writing their research in dissertation styles. None comes close to comparing to this work done by Lunenburg and Irby, who have developed their book with a plethora of examples of every sort in order to demonstrate to the student many ways of dealing with a host of issues that are encountered in writing a dissertation."--Education Review, November 2010 (12/03/2010)

"This book may soon become as dog-eared in my reference library as my APA manual. Some may see a dissertation journey as a thousand miles, but these authors help the writer see the process one step at a time."--Monica Kempland, Academic Advisor, St. Louis University (11/21/2008)

The best book of its kind I have ever seen. It is succinct yet thorough and includes lots of appropriate examples. It takes the reader from the process of developing a topic through all the stages of writing and defending the dissertation, up to and including presentation and publication. It is academic, pragmatic, and politically astute. --Sharon Toomey Clark, Educational Consultant (07/11/2007)"

"This is a very practical book andwill be immediately usable for graduate students at any stage during their research. The multitude of examples is wonderful, and the content is very current."--Mary Betsy Brenner, Professor of Education (07/16/2007)"

"Accurate, clearly written, and easy to understand even for the beginning researcher, with equal coverage of both qualitative and quantitative research. This is the only book where the authors combine a textbook approach to teaching research with a how-to approach."--Carol Roberts, Professor, University of La Verne (07/11/2007)

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