Why a Dissertation? Why a PhD?

I believe a dissertation is, primarily, a method for doctoral students to show they can conduct research; that they are familiar with the pitfalls of research design and the hard work involved in collecting something that looks like good data, and that they can stretch themselves to synthesize and evaluate the results in light of the previous research and the study’s theoretical framework. That is hard work and for many it is the last time they do research in their careers. Many of my clients pursue the PhD for professional reasons. In public...

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Abstract…How to write one

You are finished! Your chair is happy and your committee is ready for you to defend! Now you must whip the document into shape by adding the preliminary pages, including the abstract. Oh, no…more writing…you thought you were finished writing and revising! Take heart! There is no need to create an abstract from scratch. You already have the material you need to write the five components of an abstract. • Introduction of the problem (why it is important to study the problem) is found in Chapter 1. • Problem statement (including your scope) is...

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