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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
 
Interdisciplinary Integrated Tools to Problem Solving: How to Apply to Writing a Thesis and Planning a Research
 
Espona M. J.1
 
1 Argentina Information Quality, Argentina

      

Abstract

Writing a thesis or a research proposal poses enormous challenges specially in these times of information superabundance. And the positive side is that we have a lot of information to use during our research. The other phenomenon to take into consideration is the misinformation and how it could affect our research. Again, we can overcome this difficulty by applying structured research methods. The methodology proposed here starts with understanding the research problem applying the systemic thinking; then looing for information with mapping studies; evaluating the publications obtained with information quality tools; testing multiple hypothesis at the same time; and finally, if needed preparing a Gantt chart to plan the research. All these methodologies when together highlight the positive side of the synergies while minimize the impact of the cognitive bias. The aim of the study: To describe the importance of having a structured tool to write a thesis or setting up a research project.
Materials and Methods: This tool was developed after analysing several research methodologies and studying their usefulness for problem-solving. Currently, new tools are under evaluation to enrich the course.
Results: The proposal presented here is a problem-solving course that includes five methodologies: systems theory, mapping studies, information quality, and competing hypothesis, plus the Gantt chart. When they are used in sequence, it is possible to obtain outstanding results and also the process is auditable in its whole extension. This course has been presented several times at universities and other places in Argentina and also in Peru, with interesting and relevant results.

 
 
 
Keywords
problem-solving course, methodology, research, thesis
 
 
  
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Information about the author:

Espona Maria Jose – https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0719-0148This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Doctor in Criminology, Professor, Director, Argentina Information Quality (ArgIQ), Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 
 
 
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APA


Espona, M. J. (2021). Interdisciplinary integrated tools to problem solving: How to apply to writing a thesis and planning a research. International Journal of Science Annals, 4(2), 47-49. https://doi.org/10.26697/ijsa.2021.2.5

Harvard


Espona, M. J., 2021. "Interdisciplinary integrated tools to problem solving: How to apply to writing a thesis and planning a research". International Journal of Science Annals, [online] 4(2), pp. 47-49. viewed 25 December 2021, https://culturehealth.org/ijsa_archive/ijsa.2021.2.5.pdf

Vancouver


Espona M. J.. Interdisciplinary integrated tools to problem solving: How to apply to writing a thesis and planning a research. International Journal of Science Annals [Internet]. 2021 [cited 25 December 2021]; 4(2): 47-49. Available from: https://culturehealth.org/ijsa_archive/ijsa.2021.2.5.pdf https://doi.org/10.26697/ijsa.2021.2.5

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