The Dissertation Journey: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Writing, and Defending Your Dissertation / Edition 2

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Overview

Roberts provides concise information on the dissertation process, from conceptualizing a topic to publishing the results.

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Editorial Reviews

Deborah A. Schreiber
"Few books provide such a concise overview of the dissertation process. From understanding your relationship with faculty to collating materials for each chapter, Roberts provides a clear, step-by-step guide on how to plan, write, and defend your doctoral research. Do not procrastinate; read this book and proceed on the road to successful completion of your dissertation!"
Bruce R. Schultz
"The Dissertation Journey is a must-have resource for any doctoral student venturing out on his or her own. Dr. Roberts presents a systematic approach that transforms what at first seems insurmountable into achievable. Trust the process, it works!"
Kenneth Stevenson
Dr. Roberts’s book provides insight into every aspect of developing and writing a dissertation. From selecting a topic, to choosing a committee, to deciding what research approach to use, Roberts provides clear and comprehensive directions for any student faced with the challenge of writing a dissertation.
Angus Mac Neil
The Dissertation Journey is comprehensive and rich with sound advice. A student following its advice will have a journey that will be predictable and even enjoyable.
Leonard O. Pellicer
The Dissertation Journey is by far the most user-friendly and complete guide to writing a dissertation I have ever seen.
Ronda Dave
Carol Roberts’ book is one of the most user-friendly and accessible dissertation guidebooks available today. Follow her practical advice and you won’t be one of the 50 percent of all students who start a doctorate, but don’t finish.
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"The Dissertation Journey is a no-nonsense guide by Carol M. Roberts to avoiding procrastination, wasted effort, and confusion; it outlines practical, step-by-step guidelines from conceiving a topic to publishing its results. Packed with both helpful general suggestions and specific tips, tricks, and techniques tailored to the needs of doctoral students, The Dissertation Journey includes checklists, sample forms, time management advice, the latest insights to making use of technology, recommendations for support groups, lists of resources for further inquiry, and much more The Dissertation Journey is especially recommended reading for anyone approaching or hard at work on their own dissertation. "
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"The Dissertation Journey is a no-nonsense guide by Carol M. Roberts to avoiding procrastination, wasted effort, and confusion; it outlines practical, step-by-step guidelines from conceiving a topic to publishing its results. Packed with both helpful general suggestions and specific tips, tricks, and techniques tailored to the needs of doctoral students, The Dissertation Journey includes checklists, sample forms, time management advice, the latest insights to making use of technology, recommendations for support groups, lists of resources for further inquiry, and much more The Dissertation Journey is especially recommended reading for anyone approaching or hard at work on their own dissertation. "
Angus MacNeil
The Dissertation Journey is comprehensive and rich with sound advice. A student following its advice will have a journey that will be predictable and even enjoyable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412977982
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/24/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 229
  • Sales rank: 91,208
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol M. Roberts is Professor in the University of La Verne’s Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership where she advises doctoral students, chairs dissertations, and teaches research plus a variety of courses focused on leading organizations. Carol is a speaker, consultant, and seminar leader specializing in organizational and team development, strategic planning, conflict resolution, coaching, and personal mastery. She has been a trainer for the California School Leadership Academy and the California School Boards Association. She received her doctoral degree in planning, policy, and administration from the University of Southern California. Carol served on the Executive Board for the Southern Counties Women in Educational Management and was awarded its Woman of the Year award.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
About the author
Pt. I Quests and questions 1
1 Do you have what it takes? 3
2 What exactly is a dissertation? 15
Pt. II Preparing for the climb 31
3 The six inner essentials 33
4 Choosing a dissertation topic 39
5 Creating your dissertation team 47
6 Dissertation support groups 59
Pt. III Beginning the climb 63
7 Organizing yourself 65
8 Conducting a literature review 73
9 Using computers for research 85
10 Mastering the academic style 97
11 Selecting a methodology 109
Pt. IV Climbing to base camp 117
12 Writing the introduction (chapter one) 119
13 Explaining the methodology (chapter three) 133
14 Holding the proposal meeting 151
Pt. V Final preparations for the peak 155
15 Organizing and presenting the literature review (chapter two) 157
16 Analyzing and presenting the results (chapter four) 165
Pt. VI Final ascent 171
17 Summarizing and discussing the results (chapter five) 173
18 The oral defense : d-day 179
Pt. VII View from the top and beyond 187
19 The next peak 189
Parting thoughts 195
App. A Sample dissertation timeline - Gantt chart 196
App. B Source of data chart 198
App. C Sample participant letter and questionnaire 200
App. D Sample table - presenting the results 207
App. E Dissertation content checklist 209
Bibliography 215
Index 221
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