How to Prepare a Dissertation Proposal: Suggestions for Students in Education and the Social and Behavioral Sciences / Edition 1

How to Prepare a Dissertation Proposal: Suggestions for Students in Education and the Social and Behavioral Sciences / Edition 1

by David R. Krathwohl, Nick L. Smith
     
 

"What are the core elements of a strong proposal?" "How can I accent the strengths of my study design?" "How can computer use facilitate my literature review?" "What is the best way to get my proposal reviewed and approved?" You will find the answers to these and other key issues in this unique "assembly manual" for crafting a complete and convincing dissertation… See more details below

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"What are the core elements of a strong proposal?" "How can I accent the strengths of my study design?" "How can computer use facilitate my literature review?" "What is the best way to get my proposal reviewed and approved?" You will find the answers to these and other key issues in this unique "assembly manual" for crafting a complete and convincing dissertation proposal. Three extensively annotated proposals of former students provide examples of the guidance offered and illustrate common types of studies. Whether you study best by example, review, memorization, or problem solving, this book's format enables you to follow your own pace and style.

This is no ordinary step-by-step guide. The authors begin by identifying and defining the basics of a dissertation proposal. With careful consideration, they explore proposal functions and parts, show how to build your study's chain of reasoning, and carefully review alternate study designs. Chapters are devoted to qualitative studies: (sectioned into case studies, philosophical, and historical investigations); quantitative studies: (sectioned into experimental, causal modeling, and meta-analysis studies); and mixed-method studies: (sectioned into: sample survey, evaluation, development, and demonstration and action projects).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815681410
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
289
Sales rank:
198,466
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1What is a proposal?3
2The functions of a dissertation proposal15
3The proposal as a chain of reasoning31
4The description of the problem45
5The method section75
6Ensuring feasibility and other proposal parts102
7The special requirements of proposals using qualitative approaches : emergent, qualitative, philosophical, historical121
8The special requirement of proposals using quantitative approaches : experimental, causal modeling, meta-analysis143
9The special requirements of proposals using qualitative and/or quantitative approaches : survey, evaluation, development, demonstration163
10Other things to consider197
11An annotated dissertation proposal using qualitative methods209
12An annotated dissertation proposal using quantitative methods231
13A quantitative dissertation proposal with student annotations252
14Finding funding267

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