Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation A Road Map from Beginning to End

ISBN-10: 1452202702
ISBN-13: 9781452202709
Edition: 2nd 2012
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Description: Graduate students often struggle with turning qualitative research projects into a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation because the research itself is inherently messy. Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Roadmap From Beginning to End,  More...

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List price: $34.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/21/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Graduate students often struggle with turning qualitative research projects into a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation because the research itself is inherently messy. Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Roadmap From Beginning to End, Second Edition helps address that challenge. Linda Dale Bloomberg and Marie Volpe have distilled decades of experience of dissertation advisement and successful doctoral defenses into this highly practical reference for graduate students. They focus on finding and articulating a clear research problem, purpose, and questions; laying out a research design that will lead to gathering the right kind of data and support the right kind of analysis; and writing up and defending the study. To help, they provide working tools, an integrative summary discussion at the end of each chapter, comprehensive checkists, and an annotated bibliography in each chapter.

Marie Volpe is adjunct assistant professor of adult and organizational learning at Teachers College Columbia University, where she teaches dissertation seminars and serves as advisor to doctoral candidates. She received her doctorate in adult education and master's in organizational psychology from Columbia University and has done postdoctoral work at Harvard University. She conducts workshops for teachers in Mongolia and lectures on qualitative research methods at Suzho University, China. After a career spanning 35 years with Exxon Corporation, where she held the position of manager of education and development, Dr. Volpe embarked on a second career in higher education, where she has practiced for the past 20 years.

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Appendices
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Taking Charge of Yourself and Your Work
A Complete Dissertation: The Big Picture
Objectives
Overview
Front Matter
Title Page
Copyright Page (optional)
Abstract
Dedication and Acknowledgments
Table of Contents
Dissertation Chapters
Introduction
Literature Review
Methodology
Findings
Analysis and Synthesis
Conclusions and Recommendations
Back Matter
Appendices
References
Gearing Up: There Is Method in the Madness
Objectives
Overview
Organizing and Managing Your Project
Identifying and Developing a Researchable Topic
Seeking Suitable Advisors
Stakeholder Responsibility and Standards of Good Practice
Establishing a Realistic Timeline
Choosing a Qualitative Research Approach
Objectives
Overview
Knowledge Claims
Postpositivism
Social Constructivism/Interpretivism
Critical Theory
Pragmatism
Qualitative Research Traditions or Genres
Case Study
Ethnography
Phenomenology
Grounded Theory
Narrative Inquiry/Biography
Hermeneutics
Action Research
Postmodernism/Poststructuralism
Annotated Bibliography
A First Step: Developing Your Proposal
Objectives
Overview
Proposal Components
Introduction to the Study
Literature Review
Methodology
Additional Elements
Guidelines for Good Writing
Clarity, Coherence, and Cohesiveness
Format and Style Requirements
Proofreading and Editing
Integrity Matters
Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism
Institutional Review Board Approval
Annotated Bibliography
Part I: Summary and Discussion
Content and Process: A Chapter-By-Chapter Road Map
Introduction to Your Study
Objectives
Overview
Section I: Instruction
Research Problem
Purpose Statement and Research Questions
Additional Elements
Chapter Summary Discussion
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist
Section II: Application
Annotated Bibliography
Developing and Presenting Your Literature Review
Objectives
Overview
Section-1: Instruction
Function and Purpose of the Literature Review
Role and Scope of the Literature Review in the Dissertation
Preparing for the Literature Review
Step 1: Identify and Retrieve Literature
Step 2: Review and Analyze the Literature
Step 3: Synthesis: Write the Review
Presenting the Review
Step 4: Develop the Conceptual Framework
Chapter Summary Discussion
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist
Section II: Application
Annotated Bibliography
Presenting Methodology and Research Approach
Objectives
Overview
Section I: Instruction
Introduction and Overview
Research Sample
Overview of Information Needed
Research Design
Methods of Data Collection
Data Analysis and Synthesis
Ethical Considerations
Issues of Trustworthiness
Limitations and Delimitations of the Study
Chapter Summary
Chapter Summary Discussion
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist
Section II: Application
Annotated Bibliography
Analyzing Data and Reporting Findings
Objectives
Overview
Section I: Instruction
Organizing and Preparing Data for Analysis
A Systematic Procedure for Data Analysis
Using Computer Software for Data Analysis
Presenting Research Findings
Chapter Summary Discussion
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist
Section II: Application
Annotated Bibliography
Analyzing and Interpreting Findings
Objectives
Overview
Section I: Instruction
Thinking About Your Analysis
Planning Analysis of Your Findings
Presenting Your Analysis and Synthesis
Chapter Summary Discussion
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist
Section II: Application
Annotated Bibliography
Drawing Trustworthy Conclusions and Presenting Actionable Recommendations
Objectives
Overview
Section I: Instruction
Presenting Trustworthy Conclusions 1
Presenting Actionable Recommendations
Researcher's Final Reflections
Chapter Summary Discussion
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist
Section II: Application
Part II: Summary and Discussion
Nearing Completion
Some Final Technical Considerations
Objectives
Overview
Revisiting the Importance of Alignment
Crafting a Title
Writing the Abstract
Assembling the Manuscript
Proofreading and Editing
Quality Assessment Checklist for Your Complete Dissertation: All Together Now!
Defense Preparation
Objectives
Overview
Pre-defense Preparation
Submitting Necessary Documentation
Selecting and Forming Your Committee
Preparing for the Defense
Post-defense Preparation
Making Revisions to Your Manuscript
Publishing and Presenting Your Research
Part III: Summary and Discussion
Afterword
Appendices
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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