Dissertation Writing Tips: Myopic Focus

Good morning colleagues

Our topic today is the idea of big picture thinking vs. a myopic focus.  Often, my students get so focused on the assignments for my class and their grades, they forget the big picture and why they are attending school in the first place.

Whether graduate or doctoral, students often fail to see the 30,000 foot view, how all of their classes fit together for the purpose of graduate or doctoral study.  Each class not only focuses on the learning objectives of each class, but the advancement and mastery of writing skills as well.  At the micro level, all roads lead to either the graduate thesis or the final doctoral study.  At the macro level, it is the mastery of a variety of skills (writing, communication, diplomacy etc) that are needed upon graduation for use in the ‘real’ world.

As faculty, how do you make these application connections for your students?  Ideally I would like to ask each of my students why they are in my classes beyond simply the requirement by their respective university.  I want to know what do students want to do ‘when they grow up’ as they reinvent themselves after graduation.  What is the big picture that we as faculty can help move them forward?

I look forward to your suggestions and best practices moving forward.

My best,  Dr. Cheryl

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November 8th, 2013 by admin

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