Proposals That Work A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals

ISBN-10: 1452216851

ISBN-13: 9781452216850

Edition: 6th 2013

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Previous editions of this book have helped well over 100,000 students and professionals write effective proposals for dissertations and grants. Covering all aspects of the proposal process, from the most basic questions about form and style to the task of seeking funding, Proposals That Work offers clear advice backed up with excellent examples. Ináthe fifth edition, the authors haveáincluded a discussion of the effects of new technologies and the Internet on the proposal process, with URLs listed where appropriate. In addition, there are new sections covering alternative forms of proposals and dissertations and the role of academic rigor in research. As always, the authors have included a number of specimen proposals, two that are completely new to this edition, to help shed light on the important issues surrounding the writing of proposals. Clear, straightforward, and reader friendly, Proposals That Work is a must own for anyone considering writing a proposal for a thesis, a dissertation, or a grant.
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List price: $80.00
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/18/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430

Lawrence F. Locke is Professor Emeritus of Education and Physical Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A native of Connecticut, he received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Springfield College and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has written extensively on the production and utilization of research on teaching and teacher education. He has authored a number of books designed to assist non-specialists with the tasks of reading and understanding research. After many years residing in Sunderland, MA he now makes his home on Cape Cod, but with his wife, Professor Lorraine Goyette, he has spent much of each year writing, running, and exploring the Beartooth Mountains at Sky Ranch in Reed Point, MT.

About the Nature of This Book
About the Changes in This New Edition
Suggestions for Using the Book
About the Authors
Writing the Proposal
The Function of the Proposal
Regulations Governing Proposals
General Considerations
General Format
Specific Tasks
Introducing the Study
Stating the Purpose
Providing a Rationale
Formulating Questions or Hypotheses
Identifying Delimitations and Limitations
Providing Definitions
Discussing the Background of the Problem
Explaining Procedures
Providing Supplementary Material
Completing the Tasks: The Proposal and the Report
Doing the Right Thing: "The Habit of Truth"
Ethics and the Research Process
The Protection of Human Subjects
An Ethical Benchmark
The Self-interest of Respect
The Danger of Seeming Innocent
A Protocol for Informed Consent
The Reactive Effects of Honesty
Omission of Information
Cooperation by Coercion
The Ethics of Writing
Providing All the Facts
Manufacturing the Facts
Ethics in Publication
Personal and Professional Relationships
Relationships With Faculty Mentors
Discovery and Obligation
Developing the Thesis or Dissertation Proposal: Some Common Problems
Before the Proposal: First Things First
Making Your Decision: Do You Really Want to Do It?
Choosing Your Turf: Advisors and Areas
Finding Your Question: What Don't We Know That Matters?
The Sequence of Proposing: From Selecting a Topic to Forming a Committee
A Plan of Action: What Follows What?
Originality and Replication: What Is a Contribution to Knowledge?
Getting Started: Producing the First Draft
Selecting Your Thesis or Dissertation Committee
Content of the Proposal: Important Considerations
Reviewing the Literature: Finding It First
Reviewing the Literature: Writing the Right Stuff
Spadework The Proper Use of Pilot Studies
Murphy's Law: Anticipating the Unexpected
Anticipating the Analysis: Do It Now
The Statistical Well: Drinking the Greatest Draught
On Finding a Friendly Computer
The Care and Nurture of Consultants
The Scientific State of Mind: Proof, Truth, and Rationalized Choices
Preparation of Proposals for Qualitative Research: Different Assumptions
The Only Constant Is Change
Disagreements and Diversity
A Brief Description of Qualitative Research
Preparing a Proposal for Qualitative Research
Proposals for Focus Group Research
Resources for Qualitative Research
The Decision to Go Qualitative
Proposals for Mixed Method Research
Resources for Mixed Methods Research
Considerations for Proposing Mixed Methods Research
Style and Form in Writing the Proposal
Praising, Exhorting, and Polemicizing: Don't
Quotations: How to Pick Fruit From the Knowledge Tree
Clarity and Precision: Speaking in System Language
Editing: The Care and Nurture of a Document
In Search of a Title: First Impressions and the Route to Retrieval
Components Appropriate for Inclusion in the Title
Components Inappropriate for Inclusion in the Title
Mechanics of Titling
The Oral Presentation
Preparing Content
Preparing Materials
A Special Note About the Use of PowerPoint
Proper Use
The General Rules
Practice and Revision
Preparing the Environment
Oral Presentation
Managing Interaction
The Aftermath
Money For Research
Money for Research: How to Ask for Help
Money Is Available to Support Research
Locating the Money Tree
General Strategies
Using Institutional Retrieval Systems
Finding Federal and State Dollars
Tapping Into Nongovernmental Sources
Considering Commercial Search Services
The Bottom Line
Business Possibilities
Resources Earmarked for Student Research
Working With the Money Source
Home Institutional Resources
Federal and State Agencies: Progressing Through the Maze
Partnerships With Business
Business and Corporate Foundations
The Grant Application-The Big Picture
The Application and the Proposal
The Cornerstone: The Research Question
Quality: The Proposed Research and the Research Proposal
The Investigator and the Environment 185
Dealing With Rejection
Planning and Preparation: Taking the Long view
Special Tips (and Encouragement) for Students
Why You Should Seek Funding
Preparation of the Grant Proposal
Using Planning Models and Flowcharts
The Application
The Budget
Staff and Consultant Needs
Supplies and Equipment
Travel Costs
Indirect Costs
Research Support
Biographical Sketch: Presenting Yourself
Letters of Endorsement and Confirmation
The Research Plan
Specific Aims and Hypotheses
Significance of the Proposed Research
Procedures and Methods
Research Design
Tests and Measurements
The Time Frame
Dissemination of Results
Specimen Proposals
Experimental Study-The Effects of Primate Vocalizations, Backward Speech, and Filtered Speech on Object Categorization During the First Year
Qualitative Study-An Advisory Team for Social Justice Education: Teachers' and the Principal's Perceptions on Four Key Dimensions of the Ninth Grade Advisory Program
Online Electronic Survey Study-The Nutrition Care Process of Front-Line Pediatric HW Providers
Funded Grant-How Higher Education in Prison Affects Student-Inmates' Social Capital and Conceptions of Self
Appendix: Annotated Bibliography of Supplementary References
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