Author : Patricia Shields

Written on Sep, 25, 2014 by in

It’s common for students to encounter problems when applying theory in a thesis or dissertation. This is often because they are unable see the connection between the smaller theories needed for their project and the big theories they learned in class. Yet, if theory is a tool we should be able to find it in unlikely places – like on the …

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student anxiety

Students are usually confused by theory because most of their experience with theory has been in the classroom where “Big” theories were presented. In the classroom they are introduced to theories or “well-substantiated explanations.” Examples might include how market works (law of supply and demand), what motivates student-learning, causes of poverty, why planets rotate around the sun, or how plants …

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Written on Aug, 28, 2014 by in
finding a research question

One of the most daunting challenges facing someone doing a thesis or dissertation is finding an appropriate research question. (Tweet this quote.) This is why guiding a student toward a viable question is one of the most important faculty responsibilities. A poorly conceived research question/purpose can result in multiple headaches and roadblocks. I have found that most students do not …

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Written on Aug, 21, 2014 by in
tips for academic publishing

During my tenure as editor of the Armed Forces & Society journal, I have observed common mistakes or missteps among new authors. I consider myself an easy-going person, but sometimes, I get insulted or depressed by a newly submitted manuscript.  The last thing a new author wants to do is unwittingly insult the editor. So this blog post provides a …

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