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Forma y Función

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OCHOA SIERRA, Ligia. Reading and Writing in a Magister Thesis. Forma funcion, Santaf, de Bogot, D.C. [online]. 2009, vol.22, n.2, pp.93-119. ISSN 0120-338X.

This article focuses on reading and writing as factors that may hinder the completion of a Master's thesis. The corpus includes semi-structured interviews to graduates who completed their theses, non-completers, and Master's thesis advisors or directors of the Faculty of Ciencias Humanas of Universidad Nacional de Colombia. The results show that writing a thesis involves having prior cognitive skills such the ability to accept criticism and the ability to edit a document, as well as processes that are the result of the thesis itself: critical reviews, academic writing and the ability to handle sources.

Keywords : Master's thesis; writing; hindering factors; support.

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