Proposals That Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals / Edition 5

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Previous editions of this best seller have helped more than 100,000 students and professionals write effective research proposals for dissertations and grants. Covering all aspects of the proposal process, from the most basic questions about form and style to the complex task of seeking funding, the Fifth Edition of Proposals That Work has been completely updated and revised to offer clear advice supported by useful examples. New to the Fifth Edition: Discusses the effects of new technologies: Locke, Spirduso, and Silverman address the effects of new technologies on the proposal process and also include related URLs where appropriate. Improves utility, relevance, and ease of use: Based on feedback from readers, this edition contains examples and advice that better meet the needs of the book's readership. Contains valuable advice and information on funding: The authors provide essential information on identifying and obtaining student funding for theses and dissertations. They also include a full chapter for scholars and professionals on applying for research grant funding. Offers a new section devoted to alternative dissertation formats: This addition more closely links the proposal with the subsequent dissertation and, in turn, with the production and publication of research reports. Provides practical tips on Microsoft PowerPoint: The authors give advice on how this program can serve as a powerful element of one's proposal rather than an enticing distraction. Incorporates numerous updates throughout: These include greater coverage of focus group research, new coverage of mixed methods designs, two new sample proposals, and much more.
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Editorial Reviews

Doctor - Lorraine Pearl-Kraus
"I was familiar with an earlier (3rd) version of this text. I thought it was an excellent resource for graduate students and faculty mentoring graduate student researchers and/or grant writers. I was equally impressed with the 5th edition of this text and have recommended it to all faculty in both of the departments in which I teach research courses. "
Dr. Lorraine Pearl-Kraus
"I was familiar with an earlier (3rd) version of this text. I thought it was an excellent resource for graduate students and faculty mentoring graduate student researchers and/or grant writers. I was equally impressed with the 5th edition of this text and have recommended it to all faculty in both of the departments in which I teach research courses."
A discussion of the proposal-writing process includes generic information that applies to all research proposals as well as issues specific to the use of proposals in graduate education and funding agencies. Discussion covers ethics and research, common problems in proposal development, content considerations, qualitative research, style and form, and the oral presentation. Also covered is the securing of money for research and funding. Additionally, four specimen proposals are provided. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412924238
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/13/2007
  • Series: Proposals That Work: A Guide for Planning Series
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence F. Locke is Professor Emeritus of Education and Physical Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A native of Connecticut, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Springfield College and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has written extensively on the production and utilization of research on teaching and teacher education. He has authored a number of books designed to assist non-specialists with the tasks of reading and understanding research. After many years residing in Sunderland, MA he now makes his home on Cape Cod, but with his wife, Professor Lorraine Goyette, he has spent much of each year writing, running, and exploring the Beartooth Mountains at Sky Ranch in Reed Point, MT.

Waneen Wyrick Spirduso is the Mauzy Regents Professor Emerita in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a native of Austin and holds bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from The University of Texas and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research focuses on the effects of aging and the mechanisms of motor control. She has been a prolific contributor to the research literature and has authored textbooks related to research methods and aging. She taught research methods and directed student research for more than four decades and has received numerous research grants from the federal government and foundations. She plays golf and rows, and lives with her husband, Craig Spirduso, in Austin, TX. Her website is

Stephen J. Silverman is Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a native of Philadelphia and holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University, a master’s degree from Washington State University, and a doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His research focuses on teaching and learning in physical education and on methods for conducting research in field settings. He has authored numerous research articles and chapters, and is coauthor of a number of books. He has served as editor of two research journals, is an experienced research consultant, has directed graduate students, and has, for many years, taught classes in research methods, statistics, and measurement. He enjoys running, following politics, and aquatic sports, and lives with his wife, Patricia Moran, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. His website is:

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
Ch. 1 The Function of the Proposal 3
Ch. 2 Doing the Right Thing: "The Habit of Truth" 25
Ch. 3 Developing the Thesis or Dissertation Proposal: Some Common Problems 42
Ch. 4 Content of the Proposal: Important Considerations 66
Ch. 5 Preparation of Proposals for Qualitative Research: Different Assumptions 96
Ch. 6 Style and Form in Writing the Proposal 119
Ch. 7 The Oral Presentation 130
Ch. 8 Money for Research: How to Ask for Help 145
Ch. 9 Preparation of the Grant Proposal 166
Appendix A. Annotated Bibliography of Supplementary References 297
Appendix B. Standards for the Use of Human Subjects and Specimen Forms for Informed Consent 308
References 313
Index 319
About the Authors 322
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