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					                                                                                        selecting a dissertation topic:
                                                                                        range and scope
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                                                                                        based on a conceptual illustration
                                                                                        by charles tilly, columbia university
                                                                                        2006


    graphical reproduction based on a conceptual illustration by Charles Tilly (2006)
               changes accept
          answer and questions                                                        innovatory contribution: you contribute a




                                                    RANGE OF CONTRIBUTION (RESULTS)
                                                                                      seemingly new idea outside of existing
                  provides new
                                                                                      arguments in the field
         answer to old question
                                                                                      significant contribution: you contribute
          challenges accepted                                                         new evidence / support to an existing
       answer to old questions                                                        argument, that has bearing on a controversy
                                                                                      of the topic
             confirms contest
       answer to old questions
                                                                                      medial contribution: you contribute more
           modifies accepted                                                          evidence / support to existing arguments
      answers to old questions
                                                                                      an instance: one time and place
          confirms accepted
     answers to old questions

                           fills in                                                       SCOPE OF CONCLUSIONS
                  information gap

                                                                  an instance               several instances       all instances



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           challenges both accepted                                                           greatest risk
             questions and answers




                                                                                                                  greatest impact
                        provides new
               answer to old question

                challenges accepted




                                                                                                                                    degree of impact
             answer to old questions

                 confirms contested
             answer to old questions


                 modifies accepted                        least impact
            answers to old questions

                confirms accepted
           answers to old questions

                                 fills in                                least risk
                        information gap
                                                                                      SCOPE

                                        The potential for impact on the                   however, there is a direct correlation
                                        field increases as scope and                      between impact of innovatory
                                        range of research increase                        research / more instances AND risk
                                                                                          of strong opposition to your
                                                                                          research findings
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                    changes accept                                                  greatest impact / greatest risk
               answer and questions                                                                                      leave this
                                                                                                                         for post-
                                                                                                                         doc career
                       provides new
              answer to old question

             challenges accepted
          answer to old questions




                                                                                                                         area of impact
                confirms contest
          answer to old questions


              modifies accepted
        answers to old questions

               confirms accepted
          answers to old questions

                                fills in                      least impact / least risk
                       information gap
                                                                                    SCOPE

                                                    the red shaded area                     the blue shaded area
                                                    represent the most risky                represents the ideal range
                                                    area but potentially bears              and scope of research for
                                                    the greatest impact                     dissertation work

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    AN ALL-PURPOSE QUESTIONNAIRE                                                     AN ALL-PURPOSE QUESTIONNAIRE
        FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS                                                         FOR PAPERS, THESES, & BOOKS
  What main questions will your study                                               In one sentence, what question(s) does this
    address?                                                                            work answer?
  Why, how, and to whom do those questions
     matter?                                                                        In one sentence, what answer(s) does it give?
  What sorts of answers to those questions are
                                                                                    Who should care about the question(s)? Why
    worth considering?
                                                                                      and how?
  How will your study address the questions?
  What form will the evidence take?                                                 What other answers must we reject if we
                                                                                      accept yours?
  What are some possible conclusions from the
    evidence?                                                                       Why should we prefer your answer(s)?
  What are the main technical problems you will
    have to solve?                                                                  How have you investigated the question(s)?
  What are the main conceptual problems you
    will have to solve?                                                             What arguments and evidence are you
                                                                                      presenting for your answer(s)?
  What are the main theoretical problems you
    will have to solve?                                                             Why should we believe your arguments? Your
  What are the main practical problems you will                                       evidence?
    have to solve?
  Where will you start? Why there?                                                  If you are right, what general conclusions
                                                                                         should we draw?
  What form will the final product(s) take?

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                                                                                       interaction between
                                                                                       research & writing
                               argument




      phenomenon                                    procedure

                                                                                               reports




                                                                                    articles             books




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