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EDUC 503: English for Thesis Writing: Steps to Good Research

This guide provides tips, resources and tools to support thesis-writing process.

Baby Steps on the Road to Thesis

1. Transform your curiosity or problem into a topic. This may sound odd but really, you can be comfortable writing about something you are interested in, or you have a first-hand or vicarious experience. However, make it a point that you focus on your field of study. (For example, you are curious on how students feel using Russian or English Language in the classroom or you have difficulty explaining the concept of inclusive education to your friends from other colleges in the university)

2. Develop keywords out of your topic. Out of the topic ideas you develop, identify some keywords. This will help you in searching for information sources. 

3. Check who have the same thoughts. From the keywords and the topic you develop, look at case studies, international and national statistical data and reports. 

4. Work SMART. The first constraint is always your own time. The following aspects are all important, but some will be more vital to you than others. What is the deadline for the production of the research output? This could be a submission deadline for students or any other deadline for other researchers.How much of your own time can you devote to the project? There are always other calls on your time, some of which you can anticipate. So, set Specific, Measurable, Action- oriented, Reliastic and Time-based goals.


Selected Researches/ Publications By GSE Faculty

You might want to take a look at some of your professors recent researches to get some information. Your research interest might be related to theirs.

Ajodhia-Andrews, A. (2016). Reflexively Conducting Research with Ethnically Diverse Children with Disabilities. The Qualitative Report, 21(2), 252-287. Retrieved 20 March 2017 from

 Ali Ait Si Mhamed & Rita Kaša & Zane Cunska. (2012). Student debt levels and income of University of Latvia graduates: Prospects for income-contingent loan repayment by the field of studies and gender. Baltic Journal of Economics, Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies, 12(2), 73-88.

Ashraf, D., Tajik, M., & Niyozov, S. (2016). Educational policies in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan (1st ed.).  [s.l.]: Lexington Books.

Boivin, N. (2016). Multiliteracies of Transnational and Immigrant Pre-teens: Meditating Intercultural Meaning. Journal Of Intercultural Communication Research, 45(6), 470-486.

CohenMiller, A. (2013). Motherhood in academia: A grounded theory pilot study of online texts. The Researcher, 25(1), 47-66. Retrieved from

Makoelle, T. (2016). Inclusive teaching in South Africa (1st ed.). [Africa]: SunPress.

Rutkowski, D. & Sparks, J. (2014). The new scalar politics of evaluation: An emerging governance role for evaluation. Evaluation, 20(4), 492-508.

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