Resources for writing a dissertation

I have recently been teaching our Masters students. I was planning on providing them with an overview of using technology in education, but it was clear that what was uppermost on their minds with their dissertation. So we ended up having an open session of questions and answers. I really enjoyed it. Here are the list of resource I collated as a result.

Referencing social media

Reliability and validity

How to cite a hashtag

How to write a thesis

How to write a PhD thesis

Writing tips


Learning theories

Education theories

Writing your dissertation

How to write a dissertation

NVIVO tutorials

Research methods

Research methods in education book


Rhizomatic learning

Flow concept

Ken Robinson


Survive your PhD course

Herrington, J., McKenney, S., Reeves, T. C., & Oliver, R. (2007). Design-based research and doctoral students: Guidelines for preparing a dissertation proposal. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2007: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 4089-4097). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.·     

Ten essential articles all PhD students should read

From Professor Tom Reeves

o   A good literature review is a key component of a solid foundation for a dissertation. Here are ten tips I share with my students:
1. A Good Literature Review is organized around a coherent set of questions. A Poor Literature Review rambles from topic to topic without a clear focus.
2. A Good Literature Review includes the major landmark or classic studies related to the questions guiding the study. A Poor Literature Review omits landmark or classic studies or mixes them with trivial studies without making distinctions about quality or relevance.
3. A Good Literature Review acknowledges the author’s biases as well as the limitations of the review process. A Poor Literature Review assumes an omniscient voice without acknowledging biases and limitations.
4. A Good Literature Review critically evaluates the quality of the research according to clear criteria. A Poor Literature Review simply summarizes research findings without critical evaluation.
5. A Good Literature Review uses quotes, illustrations, graphs, and/or tables to present and justify the critical analysis of the literature. A Poor Literature Review simply lists studies without presenting any critical evidence in the form of quotes, illustrations, graphs, and/or tables.
6. A Good Literature Review takes the form of a logical argument that concludes with a clear rationale for additional research. A Poor Literature Review does not present a logical argument and fails to build a clear rationale for additional research.
7. A Good Literature Review is interesting to read because it is clear, coherent, and systematic in its organization and presentation. A Poor Literature Review is boring or obtuse because of the overuse of jargon and pretentious language and the lack of organization.
8. A Good Literature Review presents research evidence in a meaningful chronological order. A Poor Literature Review mixes studies from different decades without acknowledging chronological developments.
9. A Good Literature Review has an accurate and up-to-date bibliography that adheres to APA (or other accepted) Guidelines. A Poor Literature Review has inaccurate or missing references that are poorly formatted.
10. A good literature review is publishable in a respectable journal. A poor literature review is unlikely to be shared beyond the thesis proposal.


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