EDCI 598A, 598B, 597 MEd Project

Fall 2017 and Winter 2018

Instructors: Todd Milford and Wolff-Michael Roth (website)



Topics for our Online Meeting & Resources

  1. The MEd Project
    1. The three parts of the project: 598A, 598B, 597 (Handout)
    2. Question and answers
  2. Searching Databases
    1. Web of Science
    2. UVic Libarary
  3. How to Begin and Complete the Project
    1. Difference between "Notes" and "Final text"       (Do not try to begin writing the final text; many people, students and beginning scholars alike, are stifled. Instead, write notes, as many as possible. When you feel you have written all you can say, then open a new document and compose your essay, cutting and pasting anything useful from your notes.)
      1. Writing notes, doing outline, moving towards text ,
      2. numbering successive versions      (useful as a form of "audit trail" and as a memory for keeping what you might have cut in some intermediate versions),
    2. APA heading levels (3.03, p. 62) (Five Levels of Heading and Table Example)
    3. Writing from outline (3.11, p. 70)
    4. How to construct the paragraphs that summarize the outline to come below. (Demo of writing the outline into the text)
      1. Example 1
      2. Example 2
  4. APA manual       (You should pay particular attention to the following sections from the course textbook. Page and section numbers refer to the APA 6th manual.)
    1. Literature reviews (p. 10)
    2. Plagiarism (1.10, p. 15)
    3. Abstract (2.04, p. 25), Introduction (2.05, p. 27), Method (2.06, p. 29), References (2.11, p. 37)
    4. Writing clearly (chapter 3)
    5. Mechanics of style (chapter 4)
      1. (e.g., Abbreviations, 4.22, p. 106; 4.23, p. 107)
    6. References
      1. In-text references (6.11, p. 174 to 6.21, p. 179)
      2. Reference list (6.22, p. 180, to ) End-of-text references (n-dash, capitalization, italics, [copying references from published source!!!])
      3. Reference examples (chapter 7, p. 193- [198])
  5. Strategies for Making the Writing Your Own      Do not plagiarize. Being experienced users of research articles, your instructors can "smell" sentences that are not your own.)
    1. Quotations (6.03, p. 170) Use quotations sparingly,
    2. Paraphrasing (6.04, p. 171) Do not make authors subjects of statements
    3. Making a grid containing the results of several studies, then provide an analysis of the grid/table
    4. Use of tables for analytic purposes, but prose for actually writing it (Example 1: Analytic table)
    5. Use of table for representational purposes in your thesis (Example 2: Word Table in APA)
      1. Formatting tables, table layout (5.08, p. 128)
      2. Relation of table to text (5.10, p. 130)
    6. Figures (5.21, p. 151; Checklist, 5.30, p. 167)
  6. Following successful examples      (Following successful examples, that is, completed theses, is a good way of approximating what will be a good working draft.)
    1. Example 1
    2. Example 2