Dissertations aren't walls to scale or battles to fight; they are destinations along the path to a professional career. This friendly guide helps doctoral students develop and write their dissertations, using travel as a metaphor. This time-tested method comes from the authors' successful work at the Denver-based Scholars' Retreat. Following concrete and efficient steps for completing each part of the dissertation, it includes a wealth of examples from throughout the dissertation process, such as creating the dissertation proposal and coding data. Essential for all PhD candidates!
Preparing to Go: The Dissertation Journey -- Can a Dissertation Really Be a Trip? -- Packing your bags -- Enjoyment -- Doability -- Competence -- Agency -- Support -- Our guarantees -- Your travel agents -- How to use this guide -- The Journey Before You: 29 Steps -- Our timetable Yeah, but ... -- Dissertation checklist -- Planning the Trip: The Conceptual Conversation -- Selecting and orienting a partner -- Asking and answering questions -- Identifying key pieces -- Developing Your Itinerary: The Pre-Proposal -- Formulating your research question -- Criteria for a good research question -- Multiple research questions -- Selecting your aata -- Aligning your research question and your data -- Identifying your method of data collection -- Identifying your method of data analysis -- Identifying the literature to review -- Identifying the significance of your study -- Identifying your chapters -- Writing your preproposal -- Assessing your decisions -- Committing to the preproposal with your advisor -- Advice from Other Travelers: The Literature Review -- Coding the literature -- Sorting your codes -- Checking your codes -- Creating your conceptual schema -- Writing it up -- Getting There: The Dissertation Proposal -- Introduction -- Research question -- Definition of terms -- Literature review -- Research design -- Data -- History or context -- Procedures -- Data collection -- Data analysis -- Assumptions -- Significance of the study -- Outline of the study -- Recap: sections of a dissertation proposal -- Approval of the proposal.
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 15th August 2012
Publisher: University Press of America