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Video Transcript: Dissertation Writing Tip #3: Chapter 3: Research Methodology

Video: Tips #3 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)

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 for additional help and guidance. We look forward seeing you next time.  Thank you very much. Good luck!

Dr. Cheryl Lentz

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February 13th, 2011 by admin