Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Road Map From Beginning to End / Edition 2

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Sharon Piety-Nowell
”I would definitely recommend the Bloomberg and Volpe text to students preparing a thesis or a dissertation because it provides such clear, practical guidelines and examples. It is the best guide I have read.”
Denise F. Blum
“This book should be included in every qualitative methods course. It is unique in its approach. Students need samples together with explanations, which this book accomplishes well. The book does not oversimplify either. It complements whatever texts may be used with it because it serves a unique purpose that the others do not.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452202709
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/26/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 449,383
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Linda Dale Bloomberg is adjunct faculty at Teachers College Columbia University where she serves as dissertation advisor. She received her Doctorate in adult education from Columbia University. She has Master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology and Organizational Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and in Jewish Education from the Siegal College of Judaic Studies, Cleveland. Over the past twenty years she has practiced as a psychologist, career counselor, and educational and business consultant, and has held research and teaching positions at various institutes in the United States as well as abroad. She is the author of numerous publications in the fields of counseling psychology, organizational evaluation, qualitative research, leadership development, adult education, Jewish education, and distance education.

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.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Appendices
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Part I. Taking Charge of Yourself and Your Work
Chapter 1. A Complete Dissertation: The Big Picture
Chapter 2. Gearing Up: There is Method in the Madness
Chapter 3. Choosing a Qualitative Research Approach
Chapter 4. A First Step: Developing Your Proposal
Part II. Content and Process: A Chapter-By-Chapter Road Map
Chapter 5. Introduction to Your Study
Chapter 6. Developing and Presenting Your Literature Review
Chapter 7. Presenting Methodology and Research Approach
Chapter 8. Analyzing Data and Reporting Findings
Chapter 9. Analyzing and Interpreting Findings
Chapter 10. Drawing Trustworthy Conclusions and Presenting Actionable Recommendations
Part III. Nearing Completion
Chapter 11. Some Final Technical Considerations
Chapter 12. Defense Preparation
Afterword
Appendices
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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