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Your dissertation in education

Your dissertation in education

Buckler, Scott; Walliman, Nicholas, author

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. SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills website for tips, quizzes and videos on study success!

Paperback, Book. English.
Second edition.
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Published Los Angeles: SAGE, 2016

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ISBN: 1473907489, 9781473907485
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xiv, 340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series: SAGE study skills
Subject: Dissertations, Academic.; Academic writing.
Series Title: Sage study skills.


  1. Introduction
  2. What is a dissertation?
  3. What is educational research?
  4. What's all this about ethics?
  5. What will it be about?
  6. How do I get started?
  7. How do I write a proposal?
  8. How do I write an introduction?
  9. Where do I get hold of all the necessary background information
  10. How can I manage all the notes?
  11. What about referencing?
  12. How do I argue my point effectively?
  13. How do I write a literature review?
  14. Methodology and methods: what's the difference?
  15. What is meant by mixing methodologies?
  16. What sorts of data will I find and how much do I need?
  17. Methods: How do I conduct effective interviews?
  18. Methods: How do I structure effective questionnaires?
  19. Methods: How do I undertake effective observations?
  20. Methods: How do I conduct documentary analysis?
  21. Why is reliability and validity so important?
  22. How do I write a methodology chapter?
  23. How do I analyse qualitative data?
  24. How do I analyse quantitative data?
  25. How do I combine different data sets?
  26. How do I write a discussion chapter?
  27. How can I work effectively with my supervisor?
  28. What about working and planning my time?
  29. How can I manage a long piece of writing?
  30. Who else might be interested in my writing?


From constructing a question to presenting the findings, this welcome second edition should be the first read for students undertaking a dissertation in education. It makes complex methodological and procedural issues accessible, while fostering students’ confidence and proficiency in undertaking an independent research project. ||

Aimed primarily at undergraduate students on teacher education degrees, this book deserves a much wider audience. Written in an engaging style, it provides clear explanations of complex ideas and is an excellent ‘step-by-step’ guide to planning and writing a dissertation. Highly recommended.


 ||The great achievement of  this book is the way in which it combines readability and rigour.  Scott Buckler and Nicholas Wallman are to be congratulated on the very thorough yet accessible approach they have taken to the topic of dissertation writing, offering advice on each and every aspect of the process, clearly drawing on a wide range of experience and referring to some of the latest literature to support their advice.  I am sure that many hard-pressed and potentially anxious colleagues undertaking writing of a sustained kind, perhaps for the first time, will gain enormous reassurance and support from this book.  And they may even find some amusement, given the authors' sense of humour!