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A Mixed Method Study on Students' Experiences in the Selection of a Dissertation Topic

Abstract The current research examines the influence of disciplines, advisors, committees, language, culture, and previous experiences in students' search and selection of dissertation topics, as well as whether and how students react to those influences during this process. Invention has been an area of research for rhetoricians for centuries, but most modern research focuses exclusively on the pre-writing process in first composition classrooms (Young, 1976). The current research collected survey and interview data from second- and third-year Ph.D. students in natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities at a large research university in the United States. 80 second- and third-year Ph.D. students completed an online survey; 11 students an... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Xia, Jing (Author) / Matsuda, Paul K (Advisor) / James, Mark (Committee member) / Renaud, Claire (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Social sciences education / Rhetoric
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 198 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Applied Linguistics 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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