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Rafael is my soon-to-graduate PhD student. I felt an extreme amount of pride, while also realizing what an enormous amount of work this doctoral dissertation has entailed. Rafa did ethnographic fieldwork for two years analyzing three cases of water conflict, plus a quantitative analysis of a global dataset.
Most of my students have extremely ambitious goals for their undergraduate honors and graduate Masters and PhD thesis. We all tend to want to do research that is broad in scope.
You can read my Twitter thread here and the excellent responses to it. I need to write a blog post about narrowing topics for a thesis. My experience mentoring and graduating students tells me it's important.
This is a question that necessitates an in-depth discussion between each individual student and their advisors. Many students come to me wanting to do broad-ranging, ambitious topics.
I always tell them to be focused on a narrowly defined project. I also worry when the project is vaguely defined and unclear. There are clear differences between types of research and writing projects. A doctoral dissertation In my view, a doctoral dissertation is a long-term piece of research that demonstrates competency in conducting independent, in-depth scholarly investigations where the domain knowledge is broad, and where the research contribution is original and quite clear.
I believe you can make theoretical and empirical contributions, and PhD dissertations often have both, but they need at least one of these. One reason why the 3 papers model for a PhD thesis is so popular is because it allows the student to demonstrate competency, depth and originality in a broad range of topics.
For me, doing a PhD is about showing an ability to conduct competently executed, adequately deep and broad research with a contribution. As a doctoral researcher, you should be able to conduct your research independently, even if the advisor is there to guide you.
You should also have covered the literature broadly and deeply enough. Our chair always pushed for a SOCK specific, original contribution to knowledge.
For example, for me, a Masters-level thesis is an empirical examination of patterns of bottled water consumption. I get Masters' students wanting to do PhD-level research with fewer funds and shorter time frames.
You can't do that. Thus the importance of narrowing the research topic. Alignment of expectations, pedagogy is key. Prieto indicates in her response to my tweet, an in-depth case study or an application of a theory to a different dataset could be an original contribution.
Master's theses should make an original scholarly contribution too. Just within a narrower scope, as you say. Again original but publishers tend to want wider scope. An undergraduate honors thesis.
I teach in the undergraduate program in public policy at CIDE. For me, an undergraduate thesis can be a systematic literature review, an application of a research technique to an interesting topic, a test of a theory or an empirically-inclined paper using data that are often not available. There are various reasons why undergraduate students or even graduate ones want to do very broad topics, resulting in thesis that are not narrow enough.
My experience has been that the bigger hurdle is emotional — "narrowing" feels like giving up on ideas that are important. A seminar research paper Seminar research papers tend to also be overly ambitious, as Dr. Could add the layer of seminar paper, too.
You can't write a thesis as a seminar paper!
I find resistance to "narrowing" as if it is bad. No — Corrine McConnaughy cmMcConnaughy July 15, What I have done in my seminar courses is create a blueprint, a template for students to do their final papers.
That way, I define the scope of the project in very narrow terms, I give them the tools they need to apply and I let them do the empirical testing or the archival or secondary source searches though some students of mine even collect primary data! A few other things to consider and pieces of advice to remember: Get it done and then move on to interesting work.Thesis Summary Examples Considering that you have finished writing your thesis, it is high time that you started working on your thesis summary or abstract as the last and final part of your research paper before submitting it to your instructor.
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Oct 19, · An abstract is a brief yet thorough summary of your research. Its purpose is to provide readers with a clear overview of what you have investigated and your corresponding conclusions. You can write your abstract in either the simple present or present perfect tense/5().
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