by Tony Lynch / English Language Teaching Centre
0 Opening: About the course i-iii
1 Structure and Introduction 1-13
2 The Literature Review 14-28
3 The Methodology Chapter 29-37
4 The Data Chapters 38-54
5 The Final Chapter 55-73
6 The First Few Pages 74-83
About the course
Who is the course for?
This is for PhD students working on a qualitative thesis who have completed their data collection and analysis and are at the stage of writing up. The materials should also be useful if you are writing up a ‘mixed-methods’ thesis, including chapters of analysis and discussion of qualitative data.
What does the course offer?
The focus is on improving your ability to write academic English appropriate to a qualitative study. We assume that by this stage of your PhD work you are familiar with key qualitative notions such as: Grounded theory; Contextualisation; ‘Showing your workings’ (analytical rigour); ‘Letting the data speak’; Reflexivity; and Transferability (in contrast to generalisability).
How does the course work?
In each unit you focus on the different sections of a qualitative thesis (see Contents),
• Reflecting on advice on writing-up from leading qualitative researchers
• Analysing sample thesis extracts
• Studying English expressions relevant to writing up specific chapters
• Applying the ideas covered in the unit to drafting/revising your thesis sections
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