why use definition terms in a dissertation
Your thesis proposal will likely include terms that are not widely known outside of your discipline. These terms include particular theoretical constructs, formulas, operational definitions that differ from colloquial definitions, schools of thought and discipline-specific acronyms. This part of your proposal offers the reader a list of definitions of these terms.
- How you define such terms could considerably affect how the reader understands your thesis
- Be sure you use these terms in a consistent fashion throughout your proposal and thesis
Another useful clue is found in the Latin origin of the word – dissertation comes from a Latin word ‘dissertare’ = ‘to debate’.
What does the word ‘debate’ imply? A discussion involving different points of view or sets of ideas. A dissertation will therefore not only examine a subject but will review different points of view about that subject.
And accordingly they stand beyond the range of this dissertation.
In the appendix there is a dissertation on the Negro in American fiction.