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Dissertation writing : a research journey

Author: Cecile Badenhorst
Publisher: Pretoria, South Africa : Van Schaik Publishers, ©2008.
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A workbook on the process of writing research and the journey a dissertation researcher has to take. Underlying themes are scholarship, thinking and writing. Aimed at students completing Master's  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cecile Badenhorst
ISBN: 9780627027697 0627027695
OCLC Number: 234289147
Description: ix, 232 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: My dissertation story --
Why read this book? --
Your role --
Dissertation experiences --
The stories we tell ourselves --
The call to adventure --
Masters and doctors --
Refusal of the call --
Preparing for the voyage --
The journey out --
Travelling alone --
Different journeys --
Baggage: intellectual or otherwise --
Your critical voice --
Tools of the road: dissertation "skills" --
Street savvy: meta-cognitive skills --
Dissertation genres --
Dissertation requirements --
The research cycle --
Crossroads and decisions --
Milestones --
Enjoying the journey --
Creativity and ideas --
The writing process --
Visual thinking --
Researcher's notebook --
Woods and trees: complexity to simplicity --
Problem/purpose statement and questions --
conceptualising --
The extraordinary academic world --
Academic routes and byways --
World views and perceptions of research --
Qualitative vs quantitative --
Thinking academically --
Writing a discipline --
Broad perspectives in research --
First threshold: the proposal --
Far horizons: conceptual frameworks --
Evidence --
Negotiating rapids: argument --
Arguments in a dissertation --
Problems with arguments --
The journey within: thinking --
Developing critical thinking --
Intellectual traits --
Forgotten worlds: intellectual creativity --
Creative traits --
Routine and creativity --
Creativity and writing --
Thinking, writing, creating --
Enemies, allies, tests --
Supervision --
Into the maze: literature reviews --
Reading strategies --
Organising a review --
Writing the literature review --
Ordeals along the way --
Dissertation demons --
Passion and perseverance --
Writing through data collection --
Analytic strategies --
Writing analytically --
Presenting data --
Emerging plot --
Ethics and integrity --
Fellow-travellers: audience --
Clear vs obscure writing --
First (complete) draft --
Criticism --
Ownership --
Dealing with ambiguity --
Unseen valleys: structure --
Findings/conclusion --
Crossing the mountain: coherence --
Metaphor --
Miraculous passages: revision --
Attention to detail --
Original contribution --
Scholarship --
Submitting for examination --
Successful travellers --
Journey's end.
Responsibility: Cecile Badenhorst.

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