Roberts, C. (2010). The Dissertation Journey. A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Planing, Writing, and Defending Your Dissertation. Corwin, Thousand Oaks, CA.
Purpose and scope
We talked about “themes” and the need to be careful with breaking them into “subthemes”: if you do a historical overview, avoid chunking it into “dates” and rather keep the thematic relation. Make sure that the relate to your topic; that’s why it is good to keep your title (even if preliminary), outline (even if in progress), thesis (even if under work) etc. on the first page of your Chapter 2 manuscript / draft.
- focus the purpose of your study more precisely.
Avoid postponing finalizing the title, the thesis, the outline.
- Develop ac conceptual or theoretical framework
– conduct a literature review
– create a flow chart
– write a narrative
– return and revise
more “advanced” information for Ph.D. programs (but it can help you understand the process)”
Formulate your research question / thesis