Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Roadmap From Beginning to End / Edition 1

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Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation fills an important gap in the qualitative research literature by addressing the challenges facing doctoral students-specifically the difficulties encountered in trying to complete a dissertation. Authors Linda Dale Bloomberg and Marie Volpe distill years of experience into a first-of-its-kind, highly practical reference for graduate students. This book is a dissertation in action, an explanation and illustration of content and process. At the heart of the book is a series of chapters that model the typical progression of dissertation chapters. The authors illustrate each chapter by using an exemplar that gives the reader an understanding of what the actual write-up of a dissertation would look like.

Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation is a must-have resource for any student contemplating a qualitative research project, thesis, or dissertation. It is also a valuable tool for researchers undertaking and writing up their qualitative research.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412956512
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/8/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Dale Bloomberg is former adjunct faculty in adult learning and leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. As senior researcher for the South African Human Sciences Research Council and National Institute for Personnel Research, Dr. Bloomberg’s work focused on change management, diversity initiatives, and enhanced workplace learning. She currently teaches qualitative research in graduate programs, serves as dissertation advisor, and also serves as consultant to various research, higher education, and nonprofit advisory boards. She is founder of Bloomberg Associates and ILIAD (Institute for Learning Innovations and Adult Development), and a cofounder of Columbia University’s Global Learning and Leadership Institute. She has authored and edited numerous publications in the fields of organizational evaluation, qualitative research, leadership development, adult learning, and distance education, including 100 Questions (and Answers) About a Qualitative Dissertation (Sage, 2016). She is currently working on Executive Coaching: Supporting Adult Development and Implications for Learning and Leadership. Dr. Bloomberg holds master’s degrees in counseling psychology, organizational psychology, and Jewish education. In 2006 she received her doctorate in adult education and organizational learning from Columbia University.

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     ix
List of Figures     xi
List of Appendices     xiii
Foreword     xv
Preface     xix
Acknowledgments     xxv
About the Authors     xxvii
Taking Charge of Yourself and Your Work     1
Overview     1
Objectives     2
Getting Reenergized     2
Organizing and Managing Your Project     3
Identifying and Developing a Researchable Topic     5
Choosing a Qualitative Research Approach     7
Finding the Right Advisors     16
Developing Your Proposal     17
Establishing a Timeline     20
Guidelines for Good Writing     21
Summary and Discussion     25
Annotated Bibliography     26
Content and Process: A Chapter-by-Chapter Roadmap     29
Overview     29
Objectives     30
Introduction to Your Study     33
Overview     33
Chapter Objectives     33
Instruction     34
Application     39
Summary Discussion for Chapter 1     42
Chapter Checklist     42
AnnotatedBibliography     43
Developing and Presenting the Literature Review     45
Overview     45
Chapter Objectives     46
Instruction     46
Application     59
Summary Discussion for Chapter 2     62
Chapter Checklist     63
Annotated Bibliography     64
Presenting Methodology and Research Approach     65
Overview     65
Chapter Objectives     66
Instruction     66
Application     79
Summary Discussion for Chapter 3     88
Chapter Checklist     89
Annotated Bibliography     90
Analyzing Data and Reporting Findings     95
Overview     95
Chapter Objectives     96
Instruction     96
Application     111
Summary Discussion for Chapter 4     120
Chapter Checklist     121
Annotated Bibliography     122
Analyzing and Interpreting Findings     127
Overview     127
Chapter Objectives     128
Instruction     129
Application     138
Summary Discussion for Chapter 5      151
Chapter Checklist     152
Annotated Bibliography     153
Drawing Sound Conclusions and Presenting Actionable Recommendations     155
Overview     155
Chapter Objectives     155
Instruction     156
Application     159
Summary Discussion for Chapter 6     162
Chapter Checklist     162
Nearing Completion: Some Final Considerations     165
Overview     165
Objectives     165
Revisiting the Importance of Alignment     165
Crafting a Title     166
Writing the Abstract     168
Assembling the Manuscript     168
Proofreading and Editing     170
Pre-Defense Preparation     170
Post-Defense Preparation     175
Summary and Discussion     177
Afterword     179
References     181
Appendices     187
Author Index     225
Subject Index     227
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2010

    Very useful and easy to navigate.

    I am a kinesiology (human movement sciences) and athletic training doctoral student. I am completing a qualitative dissertation, which is not very common in our field. This book has been very helfpul in guiding me through the process. I am only working on my proposal right now so I have a long way to go, but so far it has been very helpful in guiding me towards what goes where and how to present it. After reading through several of these dissertation guides in the library I bought this one because it appeared to be the best. They describe everything (i.e. main parts of the introduction, how to present them, etc), and they give an actual example because the book is set up like a sample dissertation too. Overall, very good and worth the money to me. I have marked it up quite a bit already where certain topics are very helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2008

    What a great find!!!

    This is the kind of book I have been waiting for! It tackles the qualitative research process--and what is needed to write a qualitative dissertation-- clearly and succinctly. I have recommended this book to many of my colleagues, and have received very positive feedback from them too. Hopefully this book will be a useful roadmap for the many students out there embarking on this arduous and taxing journey!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2008

    This book was a great help!

    The most daunting thing about doing a dissertation is that its both a mammoth task and a brand new one at the same time. I found this book incredibly helpful because it provided practical, seasoned advice in a way that helped me move forward, one step at a time, chapter by chapter. It provided the guidance I needed to remove the uncertainty and doubt that can be so paralyzing at times. They've obviously helped many people get their doctorate, and now I'm one of them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

    Excellent resource for Graduate students!

    A first of its kind guide to tackling the rigorous and at the same time 'messy' process of conducting qualitative research and writing a dissertation. What is key is that not only do these authors really understand what is needed to navigate the processat each step of the way, they succeed in imparting their knowledge in a usable way. Great book...great resource for students and faculty alike!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2007

    Excellent Resource for Graduate Students!!

    Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation is a must-have resource for any student contemplating a qualitative research project, thesis, or dissertation, and equally valuable to researchers undertaking and writing up their qualitative research. Emphasis throughout the book is on conceptual understanding as it relates to the practical aspects involved in navigating the dissertation process. This is an invaluable resource that I will highly recommend to my students!

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