Destination Dissertation A Traveler's Guide to a Done Dissertation

ISBN-10: 0742554406
ISBN-13: 9780742554405
Edition: 2007
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/25/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 380
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

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!

Acknowledgments
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 Preproposal
Formulating Your Research Question
Criteria for a Good Research Question
Multiple Research Questions
Selecting Your Data
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
Things to See and Do: Data Collection and Analysis
Collecting Your Data
Creating Codable Data
Identifying Your Unit(s) of Analysis
Coding Your Data
Sorting Your Codes
Checking Your Codes
Creating Your Explanatory Schema
Writing It Up
Making the Most of Your Travels: The Last Chapter Plus
Summary
Interpretation of Findings
Limitations
Suggestions for Future Research
Finishing Up
Useful Phrases: Writing and Editing
Fast Writing
Turning Off the Screen
Making Notes to Self
Writing with Headings
Skipping Around
Keeping the Ideas Flowing
Slow Revising
Editing
Proofreading
Computer-Aided Proofreading
Hard Copy Proofreading
Travelogue: The Dissertation Defense
Preparing for Your Defense
The Defense Itself
Following Your Defense
Making the Best Use of Your Guide: Advisor Advising
Asking Appropriately
Agreeing on a Vision
Expectations about Roles
Expectations about Advising
Replication Model
Apprenticeship Model
Cocreation Model
Expectations about Dissertations
Articulating Needs
Conceptual Conversation
Ground Rules
Information about the Dissertation Process
Information about Research and Writing
Information about the Dissertation Defense
Enacting Professionalism
Assessing Your Relationship
Understanding Your Advisor's Perspective
Framing Issues Collaboratively
Protecting Your Advisor's Face
Planning for Action
Applying Productive Chicanery
Performing Completion
Asking for Help from a Mediator
Adding a Coadvisor
Switching Advisors
Avoiding Delays and Annoyances: Enacting the Scholar Role
Incomplete-Scholar Roles
Housekeeper
Model Employee
Undocumented Worker
Patient
Good Student
Proxy Critic
Executor
Maverick
Enacting the Scholar Role: Writing Regularly
Writing on a Schedule
Focusing on Successes
Index
About the Authors

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