The Education Dissertation: A Guide for Practitioner Scholars

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Written for practicing educators, this resource provides a step-by-step process, organizational templates, and tips throughout for completing an academically rigorous dissertation.

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Editorial Reviews

Daniel L. Duke
"The book is rich with ideas and strategies for thinking about every phase of the dissertation and for undertaking each phase once it has been carefully thought out."
Tammy J. Graham
"The author does an excellent job of taking a serious, technical, overwhelming topic and making it fun and interesting to read."
Doug Leigh
"With each turn of the page I found myself nodding 'exactly!' Whether as a class text assigned by faculty or as a self-study resource used by students, this book will resonate with readers."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412960434
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/18/2009
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Who Should Read This Book and Why
Key Features and How to Use Them
About the Author
1. A Guide for Practitioner Scholars
Questioning the Doctorate
Seeing the Doctoral Process Through Doctoral Students’ Eyes
This Book as Guidelines and Guardrails
Strategies for Success
2. A Road Map From Start to Finish
The Big Picture: An Outline of the Process
The Dissertation Timeline
Your Own Timeline and Benchmarks
Embracing Technology: The Table of Contents and Reference List
Structuring Your Life as a Doctoral Student
3. Focusing Your Research
Articulating a Topic in “Academic Speak”
Narrowing the Topic
Your First Success at Focusing: Creating a Title and Research Question
A Final Thought: Focusing Your Research at a Cocktail Party
4. Structuring Your Research
Choosing a Theoretical Framework
Doing a Literature Review
Understanding Research Methodology
Choosing a Research Method
Empirical Methodologies
Linking Research Purpose to Research Method
5. Conducting Your Research
Linking Research Methods to Research Tools
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Some Final Thoughts Before "ABD-Land "
6. Putting It All Together: Completing Your Dissertation
The Dissertation as a “Machine”
Reverse Engineering Your Dissertation
What Are the Remaining Key Issues?
7. Defending and Moving On
The Dissertation Defense
Publish Your Findings
Apply Your Research: Impacting K-12 Education
Teach the Next Generation: Teaching in Higher Education
The Beginning of Your Journey as a Practitioner Scholar
Key Resources by Topic

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Essential for any Ed.d Student

    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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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    Highly Recommended for EdD Students

    A pragmatic, sometimes humerous, approach to obtaining a dissertation. Good information. Practical. Makes you wish this guy was your one of your instructors. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014


    This is a book that i have never read but still think its great.

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