The Dissertation Journey: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Writing, and Defending Your Dissertation [NOOK Book]

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This essential guidebook takes you step-by-step through the dissertation process, with checklists, illustrations, sample forms, and updated coverage of ethics, technology, and the literature review.
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The Dissertation Journey: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Writing, and Defending Your Dissertation

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Overview

This essential guidebook takes you step-by-step through the dissertation process, with checklists, illustrations, sample forms, and updated coverage of ethics, technology, and the literature review.
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Editorial Reviews

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. "
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!"
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.
Reviewer’s Bookwatch
"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452295794
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/23/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 591,614
  • File size: 2 MB

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 by Kenneth R. Stevenson
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface
A Note to Doctoral Candidates
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Part I: Quests and Questions
1. Do You Have What It Takes?
Why Take This Journey?
Do You Have What It Takes to Journey to the Peak?
Avoiding the Hazards of High Altitude Climbing
Procrastination
Emotional Barriers
Writer's Block
What are the Inner Essentials?
Summary
2. What Exactly Is a Dissertation?
What Is a Doctoral Dissertation?
Typical Dissertation Structure
Studies Using Quantitative Methodology Sample Format
Studies Using Qualitative Methodology Sample Format
Alternative Formats
Components of a Typical Dissertation
Major Steps in the Dissertation Process
Roles and Responsibilities
Summary
3. What are Ethical Considerations in Research?
Rights of Human Subjects
Ethical Considerations in Data Collection
Ethical Issues in Data Analysis and Interpretation
Ethical Issues in Reporting Research Findings
Ethics of Writing Up Research
Other Ethical Considerations
Summary
Part II: Preparing for the Climb
4. Choosing a Dissertation Topic
Approaches to Choosing a Topic
Where to Look for Potential Topics
Some Criteria for Topic Selection
Replication Studies
Replication Studies Do’s and Don’ts
Summary
5. Creating Your Dissertation Team
Peak Principle: Always Climb Fully Equipped
Selecting a Dissertation Advisor
Selecting the Committee
The Care and Nurture of Advisors and Committee Members
How to Approach a Potential Advisor
What If No One Agrees to Be Your Advisor?
Choosing Outfitters and Bearers (Other Specialized Consultants)
Where to Locate Specialists
Summary
6. Dissertation Support Groups
Critical Decisions
Strategies and Structures of Successful Support Groups
Other Considerations
Summary
7. Organizing Yourself
Organize Your Workspace
Organize Your Time
Working Smart
Maintain Balance
Strategies for Getting a Life While Dissertating
Summary
PART III: BEGINNING THE CLIMB
8. Using the Internet and Technology to Conduct Research
Conducting Literature Searches
Online Help
Helpful Technology
Collecting and Analyzing Data
Communicating Via the Internet
Using Your Library’s Electronic Search Capability
Using Your Instructional Technology Center
Additional Online Resources
Tips to Keep You Sane and Productive
Summary
9. Reviewing the Literature
Purpose and Scope
Preparation
Steps in Conducting a Literature Review
Techniques for Writing the Literature Review
Advice on Writing a Literature Review
Literature Review Checklist
Summary
10. Mastering the Academic Style
Qualities of Scholarly Writing
Common Writing Problems
Tips for Good Writing
Further Reading
Helpful Web Sites
Summary
PART IV: Climbing to Base Camp
11. Writing the Introduction Chapter
Problem Statement
Theoretical or Conceptual Framework
Purpose Statement
Research Questions/Hypotheses
Significance of the Study
Delimitations
Assumptions
Definition of Terms
Organization of the Study
Summary
12. Selecting and Describing the Methodology
Selecting the Methodology
Describing the Methodology
Summary
13. Holding the Proposal Meeting
Before the Meeting
During the Meeting
After the Meeting
Summary
PART V: FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR THE PEAK
14. Analyzing and Presenting the Results
Understanding the Data
Writing the Introductory Paragraph
Tables and the Narrative Description
Presenting the Findings
Further Reading
Summary
15. Summarizing and Discussing the Results
Reflect on Findings
Chapter Organization
Questions to Ask About Summarizing and Discussing the Findings
Summary
PART VI: FINAL ASCENT AND VIEW FROM THE TOP & BEYOND
16. The Oral Defense: D-Day
A Defense Scenario
Helpful Hints: Prior to the Oral Defense
During the Oral Defense
After the Oral Defense
Summary
17. The Next Peak
The Descent
Letting Down
Mount Analogue
Helping Others
Mentoring
Disseminating Your Study's Findings
Summary
Parting Thoughts
Appendices
References
Index
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