Writing a dissertation requires focus and commitment. The Education Dissertation provides a step-by-step process for developing and completing an academically rigorous dissertation in a time-efficient manner.
Written for doctoral students of education who are also currently working ion the field, this book provides specific and accessible guidance for the entire dissertation process, from finding a topic to conducting the literature review to writing and defending the dissertation. Grounded in adult learning theory, this volume
Offers a clear and easy-to-follow approach that highlights key milestones with concrete goals and workable methods at each step
Discusses how practitioner scholars can apply their work experience to the dissertation
Includes organizational templates complete with detailed charts, checklists, a timeline, student examples, and rubrics
Provides tips throughout to help students think through situations
Covers both quantitative and qualitative research
Perfect for practicing educators at any stage of the dissertation process, this resource provides the "big picture" framework as well as the nitty-gritty details.
Dan W. Butin is the founding dean of the school of education at Merrimack College. He is the editor and author of over fifty books, articles, and book chapters, including the books Teaching Social Foundations of Education and Service-Learning and Social Justice Education. Dr. Butin’s research focuses on issues of educator preparation and policy and community engagement. Dr. Butin has been the assistant dean of the school of education at Cambridge College and a faculty member at Gettysburg College. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Butin taught middle school, in an adult GED program, and was the chief financial officer of Teacher For America. More about Dr. Butin’s teaching and scholarship can be found at http://danbutin.org/.
I only wish I had read this book earlier on. This is essential reading for any education doctoral candidate. You should read it cover to cover before beginning your dissertation. It's so discouraging to have professors give you the "run around" and fail to explain things in a way that we can understand. This book will help save you a lot of grief, breaking important themes down into understandable pieces. It won't write the research project for you, but it takes a lot of the mystery out of the process.
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