Helping students select a dissertation topic : a motivation-based approach

Girardi, Gherardo (2012) Helping students select a dissertation topic : a motivation-based approach. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 8. pp. 46-52. ISSN 1740-5106


It is not unusual for students to struggle to find a dissertation topic. To address this problem, I designed an exercise that helps students to better connect with their motivations, or the inner drives they have, for wanting to choose one topic or another. The results of student feedback suggest that the exercise is helpful in enabling students to be more aware of their motivations and to have a stronger sense of personal connection - and so be more satisfied - with the topic of their choice. Working in Research Methods module for students taking the MA in International Business and other similar Master’s degrees, this paper describes the methodology, results and conclusions that were drawn to address this problem.

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