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  1. Chapter 17 Writing the Research Report Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al

  2. Important characteristics of the report • Clarity • Organization • Good and correct presentation • Completeness • Conciseness Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al

  3. Format of the report • Thesis or Dissertation • Published reports (journal manuscripts) Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al

  4. Divisions of a Thesis or Dissertation • Preliminary Items • Text Chapters • References • Supplementary Items Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al

  5. Divisions of a Thesis or Dissertation • Preliminary Items • Text Chapters • References • Supplementary Items Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al

  6. Preliminary Items • Title page • Acceptance page • Acknowledgements page • Table of contents • List of Tables • List of Figures • Abstract Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al

  7. Abstract • Concise overview of work • Includes info about • May be single paragraph or more than one Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al

  8. Divisions of a Thesis or Dissertation • Preliminary Items • Text Chapters • References • Supplementary Items Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al

  9. Text Chapters • Chapter 1: • Chapter 2: • Chapter 3: • Chapter 4: • Chapter 5: Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al

  10. Introduction • Statement of the Problem • Purpose of the Study • Need for the Study (Significance) • Delimitations • Limitations • Assumptions • Hypotheses • Definition of Terms Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al

  11. Review of Related Literature • Theoretical formulations • Methods, instrumentation, interpretation Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al

  12. Procedures or Methods • Systematic, careful plan • Detailed descriptions, step-by-step • Describe participants, methods, instrumentation, study design, analyses methods Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al

  13. Results and Discussion • Present data • Discuss and interpret data • First part: Report results only • Second part: Discuss findings Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al

  14. Summary, Findings, Conclusions, Implementations, and Recommendations • Typically shortest chapter • Restate problems, general overview of methods, data, and results • Conclusions usually try to draw inferences related to larger populations Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al

  15. Divisions of a Thesis or Dissertation • Preliminary Items • Text Chapters • References • Supplementary Items Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al

  16. Divisions of a Thesis or Dissertation • Preliminary Items • Text Chapters • References • Supplementary Items Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al

  17. Supplementary Items • Copies of verbal instruments • Instructions to subjects • Letters, similar documents • Human subject consent forms • Raw data • Diagrams of testing settings • Tables from related research • Supplementary reference lists • Credentials of persons • Interview schedules • Legal codes Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al

  18. Preparing a Manuscript for Publication • : • Select journal • Examine articles from journal • Obtain specific guidelines • Consider acceptance rate • : • Same basic structure as thesis or dissertation, but shorter • Proofread!! • Have co-authors proofread! • Most manuscripts are reviewed by 2-4 people Conducting & Reading Research Baumgartner et al