The Portable Dissertation Advisor / Edition 1

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Written for the doctoral graduate student, this book gives you the vital support to write your dissertation when you can’t be on campus full-time!

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Editorial Reviews

M. Scott Norton
"I do not believe I have ever seen a work of this kind that so thoroughly and so carefully examines the important consideration of working with the student’s advisor, relationships with the student’s supervisory committee, and the oral defense. Students using this text will certainly applaud this work."
Cal Hauserman
"I have read many books that are of a ‘how to nature’ for your doctorate. What Dr. Bryant has done is produce a definitive book that will be valuable to students working on their dissertation. He really understands what a student needs to do and clearly outlines how to start and finish and what needs to be done in between."
Joan Bowman
"The Portable Dissertation Advisor is an excellent source for educators writing their dissertation. It is clear and precise."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761946960
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: 1-Off Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 386,542
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

For many years, Miles T. Bryant has taught a course in the construction of the doctoral dissertation, working with hundreds of doctoral students in education and social sciences. Dr. Bryant earned his degree at Stanford University before joining the graduate faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is active in the American Educational Research Association, and is a widely published scholar.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
1 First Steps Toward Your Dissertation 1
2 The Introductory Sections 35
3 The Literature Review 61
4 The Research Design 95
5 The Report of Your Findings 115
6 The Concluding Section 127
7 Sage Advice on Navigating the Dissertation Process 133
App. A: Annotated Bibliography of Useful Books 151
App. B: Bibliography of Helpful Dissertations 163
App. C: Assessment Instrument for Evaluating Your Study 167
App. D: Activities for Dissertation Support Groups 177
References 179
Index 183
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006


    All dissertation writers search for practical hands-on advice. The Portable Dissertation Advisor offers that advice in a clear, readable, never overwhelming style. In addition, dissertation writers, particularly those involved in distance education, seek someone to assure them that their struggles are neither unique nor insurmountable. Miles Bryant is a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Bryant teaches a course in the development of the doctoral dissertation and has worked with hundreds of doctoral students over the span of his career. This experience has helped him to write a book that is specifically aimed at distance and part-time doctoral students. Finding a topic, choosing a research design, writing a literature review, and presenting your proposal are some of the key topics covered in this book. But beyond the practical advice, Bryant goes a step farther. By the time you finish this book, you will not only have a solid handle on the task in front of you, you will also feel as though your fears and trepidations are understood, you have found a sympathetic and understanding guide through the dark forest that is the mighty dissertation.

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