DISSERTATION WRITING – A RESEARCH JOURNEY

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Dissertation writing is about the process of writing research and the journey a dissertation researcher has to take. The three underlying themes in the book are scholarship, thinking and writing.

This is a practical workbook with many activities. It includes topics such as dissertation genres, conceptualising research, developing a proposal and an argument, conceptual frameworks, developing critical thinking, intellectual creativity, thinking and writing, literature reviews, reading strategies, writing analytically, research integrity, dealing with criticism, original contributions and what examiners look for.

Dissertation writing – a research journey is a resource for researchers engaged in a dissertation- or thesis-writing process; for those completing coursework Master’s with a research component, Master’s by dissertation and doctorates; and also for supervisors of research.

Cecile Badenhorst works part time at the University of the Witwatersrand, teaching at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management on the PhD programme. She also holds research writing and qualitative research workshops for academic staff through the Centre for Teaching and Learning. She received her Master’s from the University of British Columbia and a doctorate from Queens University, Canada. She has a longstanding interest in student support, academic writing and qualitative research, and has recently published Research writing – breaking the barriers.

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