Dissertations aren't walls to scale or battles to fight; they are destinations along the path to a professional career. Destination Dissertation is a handbook that helps students successfully develop and complete their dissertations. It uses travel as a metaphor framing the process as an exciting trip of 29 steps that can be completed in less than nine months. Designed for use by students in all disciplines and for both quantitative and qualitative dissertations, the book shows concrete and efficient processes for completing those parts of the dissertation where students tend to get stuck, from conceptualizing a topic to editing the final work. It includes a wealth of real-life examples from throughout the dissertation process, such as creating the proposal and coding data. This time-tested method comes from the authors' successful work at the Denver-based Scholars' Retreat. 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