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									GUIDELINES FOR THESIS /PROPOSAL
WRITING IN EDUCATION AND THE
SOCIAL SCIENCES
OLUFUNLAYO BAMMEKE, Ph.D.
DEPT. OF SOCIOLOGY
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS
funmibammeke@yahoo.co.uk; obammeke@unilag.edu.ng
234 (0) 8023230150
 KEY WORDS:
 Thesis
 Formal document for the purpose of
  earning a higher degree; e.g. a Ph.D.
  Degree.
 The result of research.
 Also called a dissertation. Provides
  evidence of mastery of a particular
  subject.
 Extends the body of knowledge about
  a subject in an original and novel
  manner.
KEY WORDS:

Proposal

 A formal document indicating how a
  study would be executed. Its
  features are similar to those of the
  final thesis.
Guidelines:
 Rules or instructions on how best to
  do something. Universities, faculties
  and departments provide guidelines
  for research candidates on how to
  write thesis and proposals.)
Objective


 To examine guidelines for
  thesis/proposal writing in Education
  and the Social Sciences.
RESEARCH PROPOSAL
 A statement of intent on how a research
  will be conducted for the purpose of a
  higher degree.
 Features similar to those of the final
  dissertation.
 Demonstrates the researcher’s capacity
  to undertake the study successfully.
 Determines the feasibility of the study.
 Must show knowledge of contemporary
  theorising in the field
 May be evaluated by experts/reviewers
Components of the research
proposal
 Core components
   A descriptive title
   Statement of Problem/Background information
   Research Question (s)
   Objectives
   Significance of the proposed study
   Review of relevant literature
   A description of the methodology
   A time frame\work plan
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS
 A budget
 Ethical statement
The Thesis:
 ESSENTIALS
  Know your ‘thesis’. What is that
   ‘central idea’ in your study?
  Define the ‘research problem’ early.
  Start writing now! Keep revising,
   editing and re-writing.
  Use short simple sentences.
  Pay attention to grammar and syntax
  Write in the active voice preferably
GUIDELINES:
Title
 It should stimulate thoughts.
 Not long and windy but short and
  sharp-Use as few words as possible.
1.   GENDER OF HOUSEHOLD HEAD AND CHILDREN’S
     EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE IN SELECTED AREAS OF LAGOS
     STATE
     Key words: Gender, Household Head, children’s
     educational performance
2.   SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST
     PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS IN LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA
     Key words: Socio-economic status, Discrimination,
     HIV/AIDS
GUIDELINES:
Introduction
   Provide background information
   State research problem
   Objectives of study
   Research questions/hypotheses
   Justification for the research
   Significance of the study
   Methodology
   Operational definition of terms
   Organization/outline of the thesis
   Conclusions
Literature Review
What is required?

 Read     widely-Its    important    to
  demonstrate        familiarity    with
  contemporary      thoughts     in  the
  subject area through an overview.
 Focus on sources/materials most
  relevant to the research.
 Avoid unnecessary details. Analyse
  major    findings    and     arguments
  showing how they underscore the
  need for your own study.
Literature Review
 Be objective in your analysis and
  comparison of works.
 Examine theoretical insights useful for
  the study.
 Present theoretical framework
 Present the conceptual framework for
  your study.
 State the gap to be filled in the
  literature or theoretical issues to be
  resolved.
Methodology
 Important to the success of the
  project
 Must provide clear details of ‘what’
  will be done to achieve stated
  objectives and ‘how’.
 Demonstrates the feasibility of the
  project and the researcher’s
  competence.
 Influenced by discipline and type of
  research.
 Methodology
Typical Format
 Variables/hypotheses
 Research Design
 Study Area/location
 Population of Study
 Sample/Sampling techniques
 Data Collection Instrument
 Data Collection Procedures
 Procedures for Data Analysis
 Pilot Study (validity/reliability)
 Ethical Considerations
 Fieldwork Challenges
Data Presentation & Analysis


 Introduction
 Subjects
 Patterns of data for each
  research question/hypothesis
 Analysis of other data
 Other important findings
Discussion of Findings
 Transcends mere documentation of
  findings.
 Provides interpretation of findings.
 States implications of findings.
 Responds to points raised in the
  introduction.
 Ties findings to existing theory or
  generates original theory.
Summary, Conclusions &
Recommendations
 Reviews main research questions.
 Restates key features of the problem,
  methods and major findings.
 States whether hypotheses are
  validated or not.
 States principles and generalizations
  inferred from the work.
 Contributions to knowledge.
 Suggestions for further research.
 Limitations of study.
References/Bibliography

 May be discipline specific (note style)
 Citations
 Notes
 References
 Bibliography
 Know your style (Classic/Turabian,
  APA/Harvard, MLA)
 Be consistent
Appendix
 Contains important materials that
  would have hindered the flow of the
  thesis.
 Materials that are not important
  enough to be kept in the main text.
 Example-large data files, diagrams,
  pictures, maps etc.
 Research Instruments
Abstract
 Should be written after the
  completion of the work.
 It’s a concise summary.
 Should present information on
  objectives, scope of research,
  methodology, results & significance of
  findings in a terse manner.
 Use active voice
THANK YOU FOR YOUR
    ATTENTION

								
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