How To Come Up With New Ideas For Thesis Topics
- Key Words, Key Thoughts, Key Concepts
- Self Interest
- Thesis Statement
The student should consider his or her major and the college and department he or she is in, such as the college of education or the school of counseling, for guidance on the focus of his or her topic initially. The student can then review the website of that department and identify key words. Usually there is an introduction or welcome to the department on the website, describing the goals of the department in guiding each student to his or degree. It may speak to the applicability of the degree and discuss where the student may find employment upon graduation. It may also give the student an idea of how the department is organized. It may have a list of concentrations, describe the focus of the department and provide a list of courses with descriptions.
From this information the student can determine the focus of the degree. The student can identify where his or her interests lie and select key words that would be significant to him or her. The student can scan the introduction or welcome with an eye for key words that could suggest a topic about which he or she would be interested in writing. The website should then present different concentrations as options from which the student can choose to study. The student may then follow his or her own predilections and choose the path he or she would like to follow.
The student should keep as a guideline his or her own interest and bias. It is always easiest to write about your own experiences, ideas, lifestyles or interests. If the student can do this, he or she can generate enthusiasm for the subject and develop a thesis statement after a careful survey of the welcome page on the website. The student can then follow their interest areas to key thoughts, key concepts and key words as he or she develops his or her thoughts about the thesis statement. As the student reviews the website, he or she should be eliciting key concepts from the material presented. Each key concept can be a trigger to develop a research topic.
This method can be used whenever the student is doing a reference review. It ties directly in with the outline the student constructs for the development of the theory around the thesis statement.
The resources that the student finds independently and from studying the syllabus can lead to further discoveries as far as leading to topics for research papers.