EDU705: Writing for Research
A thesis, or dissertation document submitted to support a candidate for a degree or professional qualification presenting the author’s research and findings. EDU705 Handouts pdf
EDU705 Handouts pdf
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Purpose of the Thesis; Writing style and audience; Order and component of a thesis; Title; Copyrights, Dedication, Acknowledgement; Table of contents, list of table, figures. Appendices and footnotes; Abstract; Abstract: functions; content and structure. Analysis of a sample abstract patterns; key literature features of an abstract. Questions related to abstract writing; Introduction chapter in a thesis; Functions of the introduction chapter; Introduction: content and structure; establishing a research territory; Indicating gaps/niche. Occupy the niche/gap; statement of the problem/context; Aims of the study; Clarification of key terms; Organization of the thesis; Key linguistic features in the significance of the study.
Key linguistic features in indicating gap, in occupying gap; Active vs. passive voice use; linguistic features: adjectives and pronouns; Language use in making comparisons; Introduction: Questions answered. Literature review; Functions of literature review; content and structure; Body of literature review; Organizing literature review. Reporting research; summarizing; conclusion of the literature review; introduction to the literature review chapter; paraphrasing and coherence; synthesizing: cohesion in the literature review. Language focus: tense and citation; Reporting literature; Choice of verb and tense. Evaluating and critiquing published research; Stance towards published research. Reviewing the literature: organizing; important questions asked. Methodology; Functions; Content and structure; Introduction in a methodology chapter. Methodology: Main body;
Ending methodology chapter; Triangulation; Key structural points; Data collection procedures; Instruments. Data collection; Data analysis; Issues of data reliability; Issues of data validity; Ethical concerns; Summarizing. Methodology: language use; Important questions asked. Results chapter; Functions; Content and structure; Quantitative results. Qualitative results; Qualitative responses; key linguistic features: tenses; Caution in presenting results; presenting qualitative results visually. Presenting qualitative results; Data display; Formatting and numbering; Discussion of tables; Principles of figure use; Types of figures; Standard for figures; Important questions answered. Discussion of results: Functions; Content and structure; Sample Analysis of a discussion; Conclusion of a discussion; key linguistic features (M 87-93)
Limitations in discussion; Important questions answered; Conclusion; Functions; Content and structure; Introduction in conclusion chapter; Summarizing key findings. Implications; Implications for future research; Limitations; Concluding paragraph; Conclusion: key linguistic features; Important questions asked.Confidentiality. Writing clearly and concisely; Headings; Numbering; Writing style; Continuity. The smoothness of expression; Tone; Economy of expression; Precision and clarity; Linguistic devices; Strategies to improve writing style. The appropriate level of specificity; Reducing bias in language; Acknowledge participation;
Reducing bias: Gender; Reducing bias: Ethnicity; Reducing bias: Disabilities and age. Grammar and usage; Subject-verb agreement; Crediting sources: Direct quotations; Paraphrasing and quoting; Citation in the text; References. Mechanics of styles: Punctuation (period); Capitalization; Numbers; Punctuation: Quotation marks; Abbreviation; Academic writing: some other considerations. Academic style: Formal language; Writing process; Principles of academic writing; Analyzing a thesis;
Goal setting; Defining the writing task. Writing purpose; How will my thesis be assessed? Assessment of thesis design; Tackling issues; Defining originality; Keeping back-ups. Reasons for not writing: peer support; Discussing feedback; Free writing; Benefits of free writing; Generative writing; Writing to prompts. Other problems in writing; Writers’ block; Resolving the issues; Scaffolding an argument; Positioning of self; Writing a case study. EDU705 Handouts pdf
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EDU705: Writing for Research
The purpose of the thesis is to present the research work you have done throughout your study. The thesis should be brief or concise your answer, however, should provide one ongoing argument that becomes a basic repetition of the topic.
Elements Of the Thesis
The basic elements of a thesis are Abstract, Introduction, Literature Review, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion.