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Writing the Winning Thesis or Dissertation
A Step-by-Step Guide

Fourth Edition


July 2018 | 344 pages | Corwin

The classic step-by-step guide to thesis and dissertation success, fully updated for 2018.  

From selecting your topic to defending your finished work, a masters thesis or doctoral dissertation is a major undertaking. Since 1998, this book has been the go-to resource for scholars seeking guidance and best practices at every phase of the process. 

This revised and updated fourth edition is the most comprehensive guide yet to researching, writing, and publishing a successful thesis or dissertation. It includes: 

  • Insights on leveraging new technologies to maximize your efficiency. 
  • Current case studies demonstrating the book’s teachings in action. 
  • Tested principles of effective planning, an engaging writing style, defense preparation, and more.  

Written in an easy, digestible style perfect for a thesis or dissertation-writer’s busy schedule, this latest edition of a contemporary classic belongs on every advanced degree candidate’s shelf. 

Dr. Joyner and Dr. Rouse have again put together an in-depth, comprehensive, and practical guide that is a valuable resource for graduate students. This edition includes important information related to current and emerging trends in technology and valuable case studies focusing on the most common problems encountered in writing at the master’s and doctoral levels. 
James R. Machell, Dean
College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma 


Writing the Winning Dissertation is an essential guidebook for students writing a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. I used the first edition to write an award-winning dissertation and now use the updated edition with the doctoral students I advise. I highly recommend it to both students and advisors.
Susan Colby, Director of Faculty Professional Development, Appalachian State University; Boone, NC
Appalachian State University 




 
List of Exhibits
 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
Publisher's Acknowledgements
 
Part I: The Foundations
 
Chapter 1: Groundwork for Theses and Dissertations
 
Chapter 2: The Thesis or Doctoral Committee
 
Chapter 3: The Degree-Granting Institution’s Requirements
 
Chapter 4: The Institutional Review Board
 
Part II: Research Problem Development
 
Chapter 5: The Research Problem
 
Chapter 6: The Focused Review of the Literature
 
Chapter 7: Comprehensive Critique of the Literature
 
Chapter 8: Focused Review of Available Methodologies for Data Collection and Analyses
 
Chapter 9: Selected Methodology
 
Part III: The Prospectus Preparation
 
Chapter 10: The Work Plan
 
Chapter 11: The Prospectus Overview
 
Chapter 12: The Doctoral Committee and the Prospectus
 
Chapter 13: The Prospectus Defense
 
Part IV: The Dissertation
 
Chapter 14: The Communication Process and the Writing of the Dissertation
 
Chapter 15: Academic Style
 
Chapter 16: The Dissertation Organization
 
Chapter 17: the Introduction
 
Chapter 18: Review of the Literature
 
Chapter 19: Methodology
 
Chapter 20: Data Analysis/Analyses
 
Chapter 21: The Results Discussion
 
Part V: The Dissertation Defense
 
Chapter 22: Defense Committee Meeting
 
Chapter 23: The Degree-Granting Institution's Graduation Requirements
 
Chapter 24: The Publication of the Dissertation
 
Part VI: Technology
 
Chapter 25: Technology and the Dissertation
 
References

Dr. Joyner and Dr. Rouse have again put together an in-depth, comprehensive, and practical guide that is a valuable resource for graduate students. In addition to the excellent information provided in earlier editions, this edition also includes important information related to current and emerging trends in technology and valuable case studies focusing on the most common problems encountered in writing at the master’s and doctoral levels. If you are embarking on a thesis or dissertation, use this most valuable of resources to avoid the pitfalls inherent in the process.

James R. Machell, Dean
College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma

Writing the Winning Dissertation is an essential guidebook for students writing a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. I used the first edition to write an award-winning dissertation and now use the updated edition with the doctoral students I advise. Each chapter of this cogent and comprehensive book addresses crucial elements that lead to success. I highly recommend it to both students and advisors.

Susan Colby, Director of Faculty Professional Development, Appalachian State University; Boone, NC
Appalachian State University

In this book, Joyner, Rouse, and Glatthorn thoroughly introduce and explore writing a thesis or a dissertation – walking the reader through every path and pitfall imaginable.  It is a must-read for anyone starting one of these writing processes and a good read for the faculty working with them.

Sara Olin Zimmerman, Curriculum Specialist Program Director, Reich College of Education; Boone, NC
Reich College of Education
Key features
Current Features and Benefits: This book has been developed as a careful and practical step by step guide to writing theses and dissertations. Much of the emphasis here has been placed on 'demystifying' the process so that users can approach this important topic with confidence instead of terror.

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