Are you struggling with your dissertation? Have you started too late and now you’re panicking? Help is here! Your Dissertation in Education is a straight-forward, plain English guide to doing and writing your project. It will take you from start to finish, with practical and friendly advice on every page. This second edition includes: - A new Foundations section with the concepts and tools you need to get started - An expanded guide to methodology and writing about methods - A new chapter on mixed methods An essential companion on your dissertation journey, this book is ideal for students across education, including teacher training, early childhood and education studies. Scott Buckler is Principal Lecturer in the School of Education at Newman University (Birmingham). Nicholas Walliman is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Design, Technology and the Environment at Oxford Brookes University.

How do I get started?

How do I get started?

By the end of this chapter you will be able to answer the following:

  • What is the problem?
  • Why do I need to review literature?
  • What are the main concepts?
  • What about indicators?
  • What are the main variables and values?
  • How do I state the research problem?
  • Why use a research aim and objectives?
  • What should I do now?

What is the problem?

Writing a dissertation is not like writing a novel. You cannot just sit down and start writing whatever comes to mind; you need to do some preparation work first. By now you will have decided the subject area and done some background reading to get information and explore aspects of the subject. Now it is time to build on this and to ...

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