The Thesis/Dissertation Defense

If you use a result, observation or generalisation that is not your own, you must usually state where in the scientific literature that result is reported.

Stage 3- Conducting the Research

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The following ideas should help you keep the meeting on your agenda.

What are the characteristics of rural adult learners in an adult educationprogram? (too narrow)

If you thesis file is not too large, a simple way of making a remote back-up is to send it as an email attachment to a consenting email correspondent; you could also send it to yourself.

The introduction should be interesting.

27. If you are including a Conclusions/Implications section in yourdissertation make sure you really present conclusions and implications.Often the writer uses the conclusions/implications section to merely restatethe research findings. Don't waste my time. I've already read the findingsand now, at the Conclusion/Implication section, I want you to help me understandwhat it all means. This is a key section of the dissertation and is sometimesbest done after you've had a few days to step away from your research andallow yourself to put your research into perspective. If you do this youwill no doubt be able to draw a variety of insights that help link yourresearch to other areas. I usually think of conclusions/implications asthe "So what" statements. In other words, what are the key ideasthat we can draw from your study to apply to my areas of concern.

Go to the library and read several thesis introductions.

24. A simple rule - if you are presenting information in the form ofa table or graph make sure you introduce the table or graph in your text.And then, following the insertion of the table/graph, make sure you discussit. If there is nothing to discuss then you may want to question even insertingit.

The exact structure in the middle chapters will vary among theses.

28. Potentially the silliest part of the dissertation is the Suggestionsfor Further Research section. This section is usually written atthe very end of your writing project and little energy is left to makeit very meaningful. The biggest problem with this section is that the suggestionsare often ones that could have been made prior to you conducting your research.Read and reread this section until you are sure that you have made suggestionsthat emanate from your experiences in conducting the research and the findingsthat you have evolved. Make sure that your suggestions for further researchserve to link your project with other projects in the future and providea further opportunity for the reader to better understand what you havedone.