Dr. Cheryl Lentz: Chapter 3: Research Methodology: Dissertation Writing Tips


Video: #3: Tips for Post Graduate Writing:
Chapter 3: Research Methodology Hello and welcome back! My name is Dr. Cheryl
Lentz, owner of The Refractive Thinker® Press and today our focus is on Chapter 3: Research
Methodology as part of how to craft a doctoral dissertation and/or an effective graduate
thesis. One of the textbooks I use, Understanding
Research: A Consumer’s Guide. by Plano Clark and Creswell (2010), offers
a great quote for us to consider. “Researchers indicate their intent by writing
one or more sentences that state their specific aims for conducting a study. These sentences
are only a small part of a report, but they represent the most important statements for
understanding any research study. (p.135) “For a given research problem and literature
review, there are several different studies that a researcher could do to address deficiencies
in the literature. When you read a [study], you do not want to know what could be done,
you want to know what the researcher actually intended to do.” (p. 135)
Reference Plano Clark, V. L., & Creswell, J. W. (2010).
Understanding research: A consumer’s guide. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
May I invite you to consider, again as we have discussed in previous videos, your problem
statement and your purpose statement are what drive your train. In this case, they will
also determine your selection of methodology as well. For many of us, we are a bit hesitant
for some methodologies, particularly if our love or fondness for statistics does not exist.
*smiles* However it is not up to us in terms of which
methodology to choose of the major ones available such as Qualitative, Quantitative, Mixed study,
Ethnography, Case study, or Phenomenology. Instead, our choice is determined by what
our study demands. So please, let me invite you to research your areas of study from what
previous students have offered at your respective university and find two to three studies of
either a doctoral dissertation or graduate thesis in your area to focus on. That was
the goal behind The Refractive Thinker®: Volume II: Research Methodology we published,
in order to be able to offer many different examples so that you may be able to see what
might be the most appropriate for your study. Let me also invite you to allow your problem
statement and purpose statement to set the direction and goals for the analysis and discussion
of your study. Our goal is to justify the most appropriate method that meets the needs
for your study. As always, thank you so much for joining us.
I invite you to research your specific examples, and let us know if we can offer additional
tips and tricks for effectively crafting a doctoral dissertation and/or a graduate thesis.
Again, my name is Dr. Cheryl Lentz. Please join me for more tips on effective post graduate
writing at our blog at http://www.refractivethinker.com/wordpress for additional help and guidance. We look
forward seeing you next time. Thank you very much. Good luck!

5 Replies to “Dr. Cheryl Lentz: Chapter 3: Research Methodology: Dissertation Writing Tips

  1. Thank you Dr for this very informative video. I do have a simple question though – should I explicitly state my aims and objectives which underpin my research? Should I state my aims and objectives in the Literature review section or the Methodology section? Thank you very much

  2. Thank you Salfetka. The purpose of the lit review reviews current academic studies of what is known about your problem as outlined in Chapt 1 in your problem statement. The aims and objectives would be more appropriate in the purpose section of Chapter 1, with reinforcement in the introduction of your lit review for alignment and congruency. Your method section is to describe the how of your study, not the aims and objectives. Perhaps review my videos on Chapters 1 and 2? Helpful?

  3. I am writing chapter 3 of my dissertation, that much is clear. I get to the data analysis and analysis portion and am stuck. My topic is obesity in women; their cognitions and emotions at separate stages in their lives. I am doing mixed due to the variety of data I am collecting, getting to know the conditions better as well as analyzing how normal BMI women differ statistically from obese women in several situations.

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