Structuring the Thesis

Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings

  • David Kember
  • Michael Corbett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

  3. Mixed Methods

  4. Action Research

  5. Interpretive Methods

  6. Emerging Theories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Michael Corbett, Bill Green
      Pages 275-284
    3. Melissa Joy Wolfe, Mary Lou Rasmussen
      Pages 329-337
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 387-387
    2. Michael Corbett, David Kember
      Pages 389-407

About this book


The book is a collective investigation of the structuring of theses in education, the social sciences and other disciplines that commonly do not follow the standard procedures of the scientific method. To help research students design a structure for their own thesis and liberate their investigations from the constraints associated with the use of the conventional structure, it explains how the structures adopted were designed to suit the topic, methodology and paradigm. It also provides a wide range of examples to draw upon, which suit a broad spectrum of theory, methodological approaches, research methods and paradigms. Additionally, by analyzing the methodologies and paradigms, and reviewing the methodological and paradigmatic spectrum, it offers a significant contribution to the way research is conceptualized.

The book addresses a number of key questions faced by students, supervisors and examiners: 

•Why do examiners often find it difficult to read work in non-scientific disciplines when theses are structured in accordance with the conventional scientific method?

•Why do students in non-scientific disciplines struggle to write up the outcomes of their research in the conventional structure?

•What alternative thesis structures can be devised to better suit the wide range of methods?

•Which theories and paradigms are commonly followed in education and the social sciences and how do these perspectives influence the research process? 

•What methods, theories and paradigms are commonly adopted by education and social science students and what problems do these pose when students write their theses?


thesis structure Thesis design Research Paradigm Presentation of Methodology Postgraduate Education Research training Doctoral thesis PhD thesis social science research Humanities research Non-scientific research

Editors and affiliations

  • David Kember
    • 1
  • Michael Corbett
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TasmaniaLauncestonAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationAcadia UniversityWolfvilleCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-0510-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-0511-5
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