Helping students identify a dissertation topic by helping them become more aware of their motivations

An Economics Network funded project, 2008-9

Institution: London Metropolitan University
Project leader: Gherardo Girardi

It is not unusual for students to struggle to find a dissertation topic. To address this problem, I designed an exercise which helps students to better connect with their motivations, or the inner drives they have for wanting to choose one topic or another. The exericse distinguished between different categories of motivations and asks students to consider each category and assess which one they most connect with. The results of this exploratory study suggest that the exercise is helpful in enabling students to be more aware of their motivations and so to choose a dissertation topic.

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