Theses and Dissertations : A Guide to Planning, Research, and Writing


Theses and Dissertations : A Guide to Planning, Research, and Writing



By R. Murray Thomas [former College at Brockport faculty member] and Dale L. Brubaker.

REVIEWS: "Coming generations of graduate students will be in debt to Professors Thomas and Brubaker for providing a long-overdue guide to the rite of passage known as theses and dissertations. This book is realistic, clear, and refreshingly sensitive to what the student needs to know. Why such a comprehensive and helpful book has not been written before is mystifying." (Seymour B. Sarason, Professor of Psychology Emeritus ) "Too many students complete their thesis or dissertation and say, 'If I had only known X.' Thomas and Brubaker have provided the book that will help all such students. The clear exposition, the recognition of problems, the multiple perspectives, and the advice coming from years of experience make this an essential book for those considering or completing theses and dissertations. The checklists, breadth of coverage, and attention to details provide readers (both students and advisors) with an excellent resource." (John A. Hattie, Professor of Education ) "Moves beyond simplistic discussions of 'procedures to follow' that are commonly found in dissertation or thesis guides to in-depth discussions of stages in the research process that provide strong reference points and examples for students as they embark on the disciplined inquiry of thesis and dissertation research. This book is a valuable text for proposal writing classes, faculty members who direct dissertations and theses, and students throughout the research process." (Betty J. Alford, Chair of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership ) "A top pick for any basic college-level collection catering to graduate students, this book is sure to be a popular, often-consulted, and practical reference." (The Bookwatch, October 2007 )



Publication Date


Publication Information

2nd edition.

Thousand Oaks, CA : Corwin Press, 2008.

xi, 339 p. : illustrations., map ; 24 cm




Educational Administration


Located in Drake Library at: LB2369 .T458 2008

CONTENTS: The nature of theses and dissertations -- Sources of guidance -- Searching the literature -- Sources and types of research problems -- Building and adapting theories -- Stating the problem and its rationale -- Types of research methods and sources of information -- Data-collection techniques and instruments -- Things that go wrong -- Classification patterns -- Summarizing information verbally, numerically, and graphically -- Modes of interpretation -- Writing the final version -- Mounting a persuasive defense -- Reaching a wider audience.

Theses and Dissertations : A Guide to Planning, Research, and Writing