By Bryan Andrew Garner
Buddies, either one of them vocational snoots, sat right down to movie an interview in February 2006. Their matters: language and writing. The interviewee drove greater than an hour, from Claremont to downtown la. The interviewer flew from Dallas. They spoke on movie for sixty seven mins after which walked uphill to a close-by seafood eating place, the place they persisted the operating dialog that they had begun 5 years previous. They loved one another, they usually looked as if it would comprehend one another. the remainder is background. this can be the final lengthy interview with David Foster Wallace.
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Theory • • • • Link your theory to your research question(s), methods, and observations. Select research methods that are appropriate for your theory. Understand and be able to explain the theory(ies) you are working with or developing. Use the theory(ies) appropriately. 35 17211-DevelQualDiss-Sciences 12/8/08 2:20 PM Page 36 APPENDIX B 36 Methods • • • • • Use the best, most appropriate cutting-edge methods or techniques for your problem. Align and integrate your methods with your theory and research question(s).
For these reasons, learning to write and communicate well is one of your professional responsibilities. Moreover, as an expert, you are expected to be able to communicate effectively about your field to a variety of audiences. Your dissertation demonstrates your skill in communicating with your peers in the discipline. Practice Academic Honesty By passing the dissertation, your advisor, committee, department, and university are certifying that you have the skills, knowledge, and disposition expected of a professional in your field, which includes a commitment to integrity.
Decide how you will organize each chapter. What are the main points? In what order does the reader need to know the information? What supporting data will you use, including charts, graphs, tables, equations, and other illustrations? • Write and revise. Understand the process of writing. Approach the tasks of writing and revising as separate activities, for they each demand different skills. Although writing and polishing at the same time might seem efficient, it is not. After you have drafted a piece, set it aside for a while, and then review what you have written and reshape it.