What You Can Do to Write Your Thesis/Dissertation Consistently


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Set of actions to make your thesis/ dissertation a consistent piece of writing are presented. Cases to evaluate consistency are included.

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What You Can Do to Write Your Thesis/Dissertation Consistently

  1. 1. What  You  Can  Do  to  Write  Your   Thesis/Dissertation  Consistently !
  3. 3. Types  of  Consistency ! •  Coherence  of  Ideas   •  Coherence  of  Wording   •  Coherence  of  Habits !
  4. 4. Coherence  of  Ideas  (I) ! It  is  also  called  logical  coherence.  All   ideas  should  be  related  so  as  to   contribute  to  achieve  the  purpose  of   the  thesis/  disserta;on.     Ideas  can  either  support  or  challenge   the  points  of  view  that  cons;tute  the   main  focus  of  the  study  ,  but  they   cannot  be  unrelated  to  it.     In  other  words,  ideas  should  be   harmonically  connected  like  sound   waves  in  a  song.  
  5. 5. Coherence  of  Ideas  (II) ! Ideas  must  be  coherent  throughout   the  whole  thesis/  disserta;on.     Their  discussion  has  to  follow  the   same  line  of  thought  in  each  chapter   and  very  especially  with  pivotal   elements  like:     • Problem   • Purpose   • Research  Ques;on   • Theore;cal  Framework   • Methodology  
  6. 6. Counterexample  of  Consistency  of  Ideas ! Problem: High school students of a Texan school district who are taught using a traditional lecture approach get low scores in Science tests. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to know why students do not like Science subjects. Research Question: Why do Science teachers prefer lectures? Theoretical Framework: This study will be based on theories like the drive theory of motivation and constructivism. Methodology: A quasi-experimental research design will be used. !
  7. 7. Can  you  identify  the   inconsistencies  of   the  previous  slide?   Hints to identify the inconsistencies: 1.  Establish the focus of each pivotal element. 2.  Do all pivotal elements have the same focus? Are they harmonically connected?
  8. 8. Coherence  of  Wording  (I) ! It  is  also  called  textual  coherence.   Some  texts  are  perceived  as  easy  to   read  while  others  require  too  much   effort  to  interpret.  Text  readability    is   the  result  of  the  interconnec;on   between  text  surface  (elements  like   words,  grammar,  style,  etc.)  and  the   concepts  and  rela;ons  that  underlie   it.     In  other  words,  wording  should  not   only  be  right  from  the  gramma;cal   point  of  view  but  also  express  the   right  appropriate  concepts  and  their   rela;onships.  
  9. 9. Coherence  of  Wording  (II) ! Consistency  of  wording  is  achieved  by   means  of  ac;ons  like:   • Applying  the  rules  associated  to  the   type  of  text  that  is  expected  in  a   thesis/  disserta;on.   • Using  the  language  devices  that   assure  a  cohesive  text  surface  (for   example,  signal  words  and  phrases).   • Linking  concepts  and  rela;ons   explicitly  or  implicitly.   • Using  the  same  wording  for  pivotal   concepts.   • Paraphrasing  other  elements.   Ac;ons   to   assure   consistency   of   wording   will   be   discussed   in   the   c o n f e r e n c e   W r i 0 n g   C h a p t e r s ,   Paragraphs,   and   Sentences   on   November  16th,  2013.  
  10. 10. Counterexample  of  Consistency  of  Wording ! Wordings of what a study intends to do (purpose) In chapter 1: This study wanted to know how effective differentiation is to teach Science in High School. In the literature review: This study was focused on effective strategies to teach Science. In chapter 5: Since this study intended to find out a way to improve Science teaching, ….
  11. 11. Hints to identify the Can  you  identify  the   inconsistencies: inconsistencies  of   the  previous  slide?   1.  Determine the focus of each established purpose. 2.  Do all they have the same focus? Do they mean the same from the research point of view (same associated problem, research question, methodology?
  12. 12. Coherence  of  Habits  (I) ! It  can  also  be  called  wri0ng  rou0ne.  It   refers  to  a  set  of  ac;ons  that  you  can  do   whenever  you  have  to  write  a  sec;on  of   your  thesis/disserta;on  in  order  to   achieve  consistent  results.     Although  each  writer  may  find  a  different   set  of  ac;ons  that  beXer  fits  her/his   style,  academic  wri;ng  is  usually   approached  using  some  basic   procedures.  
  13. 13. Coherence  of  Habits  (II) ! Possible  set  of  ac;ons  when  wri;ng  each   sec;on  of  your  thesis/disserta;on   1.  Prewriting Activities 2.  Write Draft 3.  Review Draft
  14. 14. Prewriting  Activities   •  Think about what you want to communicate in the thesis/ dissertation section in order to establish its focus. •  Review literature to find support for your arguments and also counterarguments that may challenge your points of view. •  Identify citations that can be used. •  Create an outline for the section. •  Review the outline to know if its ideas flow well.
  15. 15. Write  Draft   •  Write a first draft of the section using the outline as a guide. •  Do the actions suggested to assure text and logical coherence. •  Read the draft to check readability. •  Check if it follows the outline. •  Write as many drafts as you consider necessary to be sure the text reflects your ideas accurately.
  16. 16. Review  Draft   •  Check the coherence of the section in relation to other parts of the thesis/dissertation. •  Proofread draft. •  Have other people read draft to check readability. •  Edit draft as needed.
  17. 17. ! Now  You  Know! •  What  “write   consistently”  means   •   Types  of  consistency   •  Coherence  of  Ideas   •  Coherence  of  Wording     •  Coherence  of  Habits   •  How  to  recognize   them   Any  question?   You  are  invited  to  use  the  DoctoralNet   Academy  Map  at   hXp://www.gliffy.com/publish/ 3116574/    and  see  the  different  stages   that  you  should  follow  to  develop  your   thesis/disserta=on  
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