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Thesis and dissertation writing in a second language Table of contents Chapter 1. The background to thesis and dissertation writing Background to the book Background to thesis and dissertation writing in a second language The social and cultural context of thesis and dissertation writing The setting of the students? text Research perspective, topic and purpose of the thesis or dissertation The audience for theses and dissertations The relationship between writers and readers of theses and dissertations Background knowledge, values, and understandings in thesis and dissertation writing Discourse community expectations and thesis and dissertation writing Relationship with other texts The context of theses and dissertations Applications Attitudes to knowledge and different levels of study Application Cross-cultural issues in thesis and dissertation writing Writing across cultures Speaking across cultures Applications Second language academic writing and identity Applications Disciplinary differences in thesis and dissertation writing Applications What universities and examiners expect of theses and dissertations Applications Overview of the book Chapter 2. Working with non-native speaker students Introduction Second language research students in the era of globalization I just say yes all the time but I am not happy. In my head I feel like a fool: Exploring ?cost? Challenges of the new student role International students in their own words Cross-cultural communication - differing expectations Access to research culture and social networks Dai?s story Application Together we built a bridge that I could cross: ?hands-on? supervision Application The Role Perception Scale Conclusion Chapter 3. Thesis and dissertation writing in a second language Introduction Psycho-affective/emotional issues Behavioural issues Rhetorical issues Applications Social issues Conclusion Chapter 4. Writing a research proposal Introduction Differences between master?s and doctoral theses Applications A checklist for developing a research proposal Refining a research question Applications Details to include in a research proposal Applications Criteria for assessing research proposals Application Differences between disciplines in choosing a research topic Applications Conclusion A Sample Research Proposal Chapter 5. The overall shape of theses and dissertations Introduction A review of thesis and dissertation types The structure of theses and dissertations Application: Thesis types Analyzing sample theses and dissertations Application: Sections of a thesis The content of individual chapters Writing chapter outlines Applications: Tables of contents Linking sections Application: Metatext Application: Previews, overviews and reviews Overview of the thesis Discipline specific expectations Application: Discipline specific expectations Conclusion Chapter 6. Writing the introduction The Introduction chapter The role of the introductory chapter in the thesis: Creating a research space How long should the Introduction be? Application The typical structure of the Introduction Application Conclusion Chapter 7. Writing the background chapters Introduction Writing the literature review What needs to be included in a review of the literature Reviewing the literature: an example Application: Arranging the literature review Strategies for reading for a literature review Application: Gaps in the research literature Providing background information Applications: Providing background information Reading, summarizing and critiquing previous studies Application: Summarizing a previous study Application: Summarizing research methods Application: Analysis of the data Application: Analysing findings Reporting on previous research Application: Reporting on previous research Reporting verbs Application: Reporting verbs Application: Choice of verb tense Critiquing previous research Application: Summarizing and critiquing previous research Adopting a stance towards previous research Application Paraphrasing and summary writing Application: Paraphrasing Avoiding plagiarism Conclusion Chapter 8. Writing the methodology chapter Introduction The place of the methodology section Methodology vs Methods A review of methods used by similar studies Applications How the research was conducted and how the data were obtained How the data were processed Ethical issues The particular challenges of qualitative research Representation of the researcher (with special reference to qualitative research) Keeping a research diary (log book) Application Conclusion Chapter 9. Writing the results chapters Introduction Structuring the results/findings section Purposes of the results section Move 1 - Presenting metatextual information Move 2 ?Presenting results The language of Move 3 ? Hedging Numbering systems Application Conclusion Chapter 10. Writing Discussions and Conclusions Introduction Functions of Discussion chapters Strategies for writing the Discussion section Application The typical shape of the Discussion section Application Making claims and hedging in the Discussion section Application: Stance and engagement Application: Making claims Writing Conclusions Features of conclusions The typical shape of Conclusions Application: The structure of Conclusions The language of Conclusions Application: Reporting, comment and suggesting Conclusion Chapter 11. Writing the abstract and acknowledgements Introduction The importance of the abstract Typical structure of the abstract Application: Writing an abstract The language of abstracts Application: The language of abstracts Writing the acknowledgments section Application: Analysing a sample acknowledgments section Application: Writing acknowledgements Conclusion Chapter 12. Resources for thesis and dissertation writing Theses and dissertations online Thesis and dissertation writing websites Online writing support Books on thesis and dissertation writing Bibliography References Theses and dissertations cited in the book
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Dissertations, Academic -- Authorship.
English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers.