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Does it provide the readers the opportunity for the reader to quickly preview the contents of the thesis? Does it include a statement on the theoretical framework of the thesis? Does it present the central hypothesis and indicate how the hypothesis was tested? Does it summarize primary results of the research? Does it include information about sampling and population parameters, where appropriate? Is its length appropriate? ( be limited to between 150 and 200 words) Is it clearly related to the rest of the thesis? Does it clearly clearly communicate the central idea or theme? Does it demonstrate relationships among all parts of the thesis? Does it explicitly demonstrate external clues to organization? Does it provide relevant background information? Does it tell an interesting brief story or anecdote? Does it include a pertinent statistics? Does it ask a provocative question? Does it use an appropriate quotation? Does it make a useful analogy? Does it define a term used throughout the thesis? Does it communicate to the reader the central or unifying idea of the thesis? Does it sustain throughout the thesis? Does it reflect the content of the thesis? Is is it, in a sense, the answer to the central question or problem raised? Does it states the thesis’s subject, the topic the writer is discussing? Does it reflect the thesis’s purpose? (either to give readers information or to persuade readers to agree with you)
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The Literature Review Does it include a focus. extend. authored by reputable scholars and appear in credible publication? Is the literature of discernible methodological quality? Is the study's research design internally and externally valid? Are the data sources reliable and valid? Are the analytical methods appropriate given the characteristics and quality of the data? Are the results meaningful in both practical and statistical terms? Is the literature review divided into two sections: one on issues that demonstrate knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of the methodology and another on theoretical issues related to the topic? Is it extensive and comprehensive? Does it maintain academic honesty? Is the review extensive enough to cover important research and present assorted positions on the subject? Does the literature review inform the author as to the main findings. those ideas through critical analysis and synthesis? Does it identify articles. monograms. trends. the researcher's assertion that conveys his/her point of view? Is the language used in it precise and carry exact meaning? May it also briefly state the major subdivisions of the thesis’s topic? Is it critical and analytical1 to the identification and specification of the problem? Is it based on deductive and inductive2 reasoning? Is it good enough for the refinement of the thesis statement? Does it lead to the specification of the research process? Is it helpful for interpreting research result? Is it summative? Does it cover methodological issues? Does it reflect research topic and techniques? Does it allow the researcher to assess his/her ideas in the context of others? Does it allow her/him to replicate. studies. that are appropriate to the topic. areas of debate or . modify.
p. and suggestions for additional research? Does the literature review contribute insight into the subject regarding research procedures and building hypothesis? Does the review help provide specifics for measurement consideration. The Research Design Theoretical framework Does it consist of the research strategy? Does it consist of the conceptual framework? Does it consist of who or what will be researched? Does it consist of the tools and techniques for data collection? According to what strategy the data will be collected? Within what conceptual framework the data will be collected? From what source the data will be collected? How will the data be collected? (Punch. build and weave in with other research? Does it help to assure that the research stays focused on the main objectives or purpose of the thesis? Does the literature review integrate the thesis topic with previous works on the subject? Does it clearly define all relevant concepts? . 66) Does it talk about the bounds and limitations of the topic and research approach? Does it consist of a clear articulation of how the problem being researched relates to a practical or theoretical planning or social policy problem/issue? Does it consists of a clear and precise definition of the population the problem or issue relates to? Does it include a discussion of how the research will permit generalization to broader principles of social construction or general planning theory? Does it also includes a discussion of how the research will result in a clearer definition of an important planning or social policy issueimplications of the research for a wide range of practical planning or related social policy issues? Does it discuss about how the research will provide for a productive exploration of the subject employing basic research techniques? Is it a clear elaboration and presentation of controversy.
sub-headings and subsubheadings to indicate subordinate and supporting ideas Does it serve to bring the discussion to an end? Does it follow logically from the central theme of the thesis and the topical paragraphs? Does it summarize the main points of the thesis? Does it ask for awareness. analysis. discussion. discussion. theory.of the research design Analysis and Interpretation the topic's theoretical framework? Does it describe how the problem relates to the theoretical framework? Does it demonstrate how the problem relates to previous planning or social policy research? Does it present alternate hypothesis within the framework of the theory? Does it propose a relationship between two or more variables? Does it specify the population to which the hypotheses are relevant? Does it clearly define the sampling frame from which the sample was drawn? Does it explain how the size and type of sample was determined? Charts. Illustrations. developments in the field or paradigm shifts? (What not to do. Substantiate or refute hypotheses. Conclusion . table.devices to avoid3) The Research Hypothesis Sampling Procedures. divide into headings. interpretation. graphs. action. support and challenge the data. picture. to support or enhance the issues raised and discussed. or similar resolution from readers? Does it look ahead to future research. linking theory. ideas.
Critical assessment of the ideas presented for soundness of reasoning and logic. 3.edu/~urp/master_files/PDF%20files/guidelines_for_master_thesis. and faulty reasoning (Troyka 112). Do not introduce new facts or ideas that belong in the chapters discussing the findings. misinformation. c. Do not reword the introduction and present it as the conclusion. The essence of critical thinking is thinking beyond the obvious—beyond the flash of visual images. Various facets of critical thinking are presented as a general guide to reading the selected literature and writing the review. Critical thinking is important to a quality literature review because it helps to establish validity in the design of the research methodology. critically written thesis (quality literature review. and in the creative writing process. See the following: a. The word critical has a neutral meaning. the alluring promises of glossy advertisements. Inductive and deductive reasoning are the foundation for critical thinking. Inductive and Deductive Reasoning In Critical. Analysis that breaks ideas into their component parts so that they can be considered separately. Critical thinking involves activities of the mind and higher-order-reasoning—processes of contemplation and deliberation.” (Troyka 111) http://www. reading and writing (Troyka 134. The integration and association of information and knowledge. It does not mean taking a negative view or finding fault. These are: 1. Synthesis that makes connections among different ideas or components of ideas.1.pdf . Reading and Writing of the literature review Inductive reasoning is the process of arriving at general principles from particular facts. (Troyka 112) 2. and quoting other writers out of context are not acceptable substitutes. Avoid statements such as “in this paper I have discussed the relationship between a states per capita income and per pupil expenditures for education. evasive statements.csupomona. manipulation of slanted language. Value judgments. Do not restate what you have done. sound research and intelligent interpretation of the research results). and in the construction of valid hypotheses that can be tested. b. 4. half-truths of some propaganda. 2. 135). There are no acceptable substitutes for a well informed. seeking relationships and interconnections with which to tie them together. Deductive reasoning is the process of reasoning from general claims to a specific instance. 3.
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