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Using the PhD thesis introduction as a heuristic device for supporting the writing of a thesis

Donohue, James (2009). Using the PhD thesis introduction as a heuristic device for supporting the writing of a thesis. Writing & Pedagogy , 1(2) pp. 195–226.

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This article explores the role of a thesis introduction in establishing the contribution of the thesis to its field of study and how the introduction might be exploited by the writer of the thesis and their supervisor to scaffold the thesis writing process. The focus is on how the introduction realizes a conceptual map of the field of the thesis, a series of speech acts, and a text which construes the conceptual map of the field and the relevant speech acts by means of its method of development. A second focus is on how these aspects of the introduction can serve as heuristic devices which can be used to generate versions of the introduction and to project the structure of the entire thesis.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 Equinox Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 1756-5847
Keywords: genre; social semiotics; PhD thesis; systemic functional linguistics; theme-rheme; film studies; discursive knowledge
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 25776
Depositing User: James Donohue
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2010 22:20
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2016 13:42
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