A Guide to Research and Thesis Writing: A Structured Approach for Master’s and Doctorate Students

Thesis Writing should identify 3 aspects of the thesis: the {topic}, the {issue} and the {scope}. Once these aspects are determined, the researcher should synthesize {Type}{Topic}{Modifier}{Issue}{Scope} to generate the thesis title. Note that {Type} and {Modifier} are readily available and not specific to any particular research. Following this, the title can be contextually modified to appreciate the thesis statement. E.g. {An application} of {Six Sigma} to {Improve} {Blood Bag Wastage} in {Local Hospital}. Note the generality of the thesis title. Not difficult at all. Next, the researcher should record the references. The reference itself can be saved to a cloud based storage that is easily read by the researchers device (desktop, tablet, phone, etc.). The researcher then reads the references and mark excerpts that are tagged to codes. The codes are arranged in a mind map and new codes are added to the mind map as the review progresses. The Read More …

Special Education in Ireland’s Secondary Schools

This article is an introduction to special education in Irish secondary schools. The past then years have witnessed a sea change in special education provision in Ireland. The Department of Education and Science has issued numerous directives and guidelines in relation to policy, provision, structure and supports. Since 1998 there have been ten pieces of legislation passed through the Dail that relate, one way or another to children and special education needs The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has been established along with the Special Education Support Service (SESS). Both these organisations oversee and coordinate all special education initiatives nationwide. Ireland’s primary schools have pioneered these new directives. Special education provision at primary level is developing at a rapid pace and great strides are being made. The next horizon for improvement is secondary school. Ireland’s secondary schools are driven by an exam-oriented curriculum. Subject area specialists teach all of Read More …

Three Steps To Becoming A Successful Nonfiction Author

If you want to be a successful nonfiction author, you must recognize that you are in the business of helping people solve their problems. That’s what distinguishes nonfiction from fiction. Whether you’re writing a how-to, self-help, reference or cookbook you are offering tips, guidance and motivation to waiting readers. The writer who is able to speak directly to the needs of the reader is the writer who will be most effective in getting her books read, bought and shared. You can be that successful nonfiction author if you follow these three steps. 1. Become a good listener At a recent writing workshop, I listened to the many questions members of the audience asked about writing and publishing their books. A few of them are · Do we need to finish a book before submitting it to a publisher? · How do I go about organizing the information I’ve been writing Read More …

Three Steps To Becoming A Successful Nonfiction Author

If you want to be a successful nonfiction author, you must recognize that you are in the business of helping people solve their problems. That’s what distinguishes nonfiction from fiction. Whether you’re writing a how-to, self-help, reference or cookbook you are offering tips, guidance and motivation to waiting readers. The writer who is able to speak directly to the needs of the reader is the writer who will be most effective in getting her books read, bought and shared. You can be that successful nonfiction author if you follow these three steps. 1. Become a good listener At a recent writing workshop, I listened to the many questions members of the audience asked about writing and publishing their books. A few of them are · Do we need to finish a book before submitting it to a publisher? · How do I go about organizing the information I’ve been writing Read More …