Structuring the Thesis

Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings

Editors: Kember, David, Corbett, Michael (Eds.)

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  • Challenges the conventional thesis structure designed for the scientific method
  • Offers examples of thesis structures suited to the methods, theories and paradigms employed by the social sciences and humanities
  • Equips readers to structure theses that are more readable, coherent and logically presented  
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About this book

The book is a collective investigation of the structuring of theses in education, the social sciences and other disciplines that commonly do not follow the standard procedures of the scientific method. To help research students design a structure for their own thesis and liberate their investigations from the constraints associated with the use of the conventional structure, it explains how the structures adopted were designed to suit the topic, methodology and paradigm. It also provides a wide range of examples to draw upon, which suit a broad spectrum of theory, methodological approaches, research methods and paradigms. Additionally, by analyzing the methodologies and paradigms, and reviewing the methodological and paradigmatic spectrum, it offers a significant contribution to the way research is conceptualized.

The book addresses a number of key questions faced by students, supervisors and examiners: 

•Why do examiners often find it difficult to read work in non-scientific disciplines when theses are structured in accordance with the conventional scientific method?

•Why do students in non-scientific disciplines struggle to write up the outcomes of their research in the conventional structure?

•What alternative thesis structures can be devised to better suit the wide range of methods?

•Which theories and paradigms are commonly followed in education and the social sciences and how do these perspectives influence the research process? 

•What methods, theories and paradigms are commonly adopted by education and social science students and what problems do these pose when students write their theses?


About the authors

David Kember is Professor in Education: Curriculum Methods and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania. Prior to that he worked in Hong Kong for 25 years, first at the Polytechnic University, then the Chinese University and finally as a Professor in Higher Education at the University of Hong Kong. He spent six years running an inter-institutional initiative operating across the eight universities in Hong Kong, known as the Action Learning Project, which supported 90 action research projects in which teachers introduced a wide variety of initiatives aiming to improve the quality of student learning. His research in the following areas has been particularly highly cited: student approaches to learning and the influence of teaching and assessment on them; the Chinese and Asian learner; motivation; reflective thinking; teachers’ beliefs about and approaches to teaching; action learning and research for teaching quality improvement; distance and online learning.
Michael Corbett is an educational sociologist whose work draws on social theory, as well as historical and geographic traditions. He has worked at the School of Education at Acadia University in Canada since 2002 with a three-year sojourn at the University of Tasmania (2015-17), where he held a research professorship in rural and regional education, and where he continues to hold an adjunct professorship. Corbett’s work focuses principally on rural education and he is a global leader in this field. He has studied youth educational decision-making, mobilities and education, the politics of educational assessment, literacies in rural contexts, improvisation and the arts in education, the position of rural identities and experience in education, conceptions of space and place, the viability of small rural schools, and "wicked" policy problems and controversies in education.

Table of contents (40 chapters)

Table of contents (40 chapters)
  • Critical Reflections on the Conventional Thesis Structure and a Guide to the Research Questions Addressed in the Book

    Kember, David

    Pages 3-13

  • The Collective Voyage of Discovery: How the Book Was Developed and Produced

    Kember, David (et al.)

    Pages 15-24

  • The Paradigmatic Challenge of Mixed-Methods Research: Positivism, Relativism or Pragmatism?

    Callingham, Rosemary (et al.)

    Pages 27-37

  • An Exploration of Epistemological Beliefs, Learning Environment Expectations and Persistence Intentions: Insights into the Shaping of Student Persistence in the First Semester of University Study at Three Australian Universities

    Godwin, Julie (et al.)

    Pages 39-46

  • The Challenges Faced by Male Primary Teachers

    Cruickshank, Vaughan

    Pages 47-54

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-0511-5
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-13-0510-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Structuring the Thesis
Book Subtitle
Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings
Editors
  • David Kember
  • Michael Corbett
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-0511-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-0511-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-0510-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 427
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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