Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process / Edition 3

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Overview

"The book is an excellent addition to those already available in the area and provides a very practical guide that students can pick up and use for reference throughout their dissertation process. "
—ESCalate (a Higher Education Academy Network publication)

Like the previous editions of this bestselling text, Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process, Third Edition offers readers guidance that other dissertation guides often miss, from ways to improve one's writing, to identifying one's learning preferences, to dealing with emotional blocks. Using examples from a wide range of disciplines, the authors give readers expert advice on the entire dissertation process: selecting a suitable topic; conducting a literature review; managing data overload; building an argument; presenting the material, data, and results; and working with faculty committees. The entire text has been updated and fresh examples have been added to it. This edition features an up-to-the-minute discussion of online research and the use of software packages. The authors have expanded their coverage of qualitative work, and added information about the use of mixed methods to the book. These updates and more make the Third Edition of Surviving Your Dissertation a must have resource for graduate students.

Key Features ofthe Third Edition:

  • Walks readers through the dissertation process as an ideal mentor would.
  • Devotes more attention to qualitative work, and touches upon mixed methods.
  • Discusses online library resources and completing one’s dissertation via the Internet.
  • Features new material on the use of graphics.
  • Includes information about informed consent forms.
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Editorial Reviews

The School Administrator
"In nearly each chapter the authors list 'suggestions from students' to provide some relief in the whole process. For the scholar practitioner, the ease with which the whole process is explained will reduce the stress, and yet result in a high standard of research in dissertations. This book is helpful for both the mentor and mentee in Ph.D. or Ed.D. program. "— Jerry Horgen
The School Administrator - Jerry Horgen
"In nearly each chapter the authors list 'suggestions from students' to provide some relief in the whole process. For the scholar practitioner, the ease with which the whole process is explained will reduce the stress, and yet result in a high standard of research in dissertations. This book is helpful for both the mentor and mentee in Ph.D. or Ed.D. program."
Booknews
The Ph.D dissertation is the rock against which many graduate break and spin into years or even decades as ABD's. Psychologist Rudestam, now Dean at the Fielding Institute, and sociologist Newton (California State U.-Fullerton) distill insights from helping their own students and hearing the stories of others into a guide through the often murky requirements and goals, focusing on students in the social sciences. It is not, they warn, a substitute for courses and texts on research methods or statistics. The first edition appeared nearly a decade ago. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Library Quarterly
"The authors write from the position of the ideal mentor, presenting the issues doctoral students would like their chairpersons to discuss with them, yet rarely have done. Additionally, the student perspective is integrated into the text through numerous examples from a wide range of disciplines." — Marilyn M. Irwin
NACADA Journal
"A must for anyone considering graduate school. While the entire book is extremely helpful, the author's frequent use of charts, tables, lists and questions is an especially effective method to organize and summarize information. This book is also a worthwhile resource for those crafting and writing a thesis or dissertation... a practical and well-designed work that I highly recommend. "— Ellen Nagy
The Library Quarterly - Marilyn M. Irwin
"The authors write from the position of the ideal mentor, presenting the issues doctoral students would like their chairpersons to discuss with them, yet rarely have done. Additionally, the student perspective is integrated into the text through numerous examples from a wide range of disciplines."
Dennis S. Reina
"This book was my bible going through my dissertation. The authors’ clarity of writing and comprehensive thought allowed me to easily take the principles off the pages and put them into practice. I highly recommend it!"
NACADA Journal - Ellen Nagy

"A must for anyone considering graduate school. While the entire book is extremely helpful, the author's frequent use of charts, tables, lists and questions is an especially effective method to organize and summarize information. This book is also a worthwhile resource for those crafting and writing a thesis or dissertation... a practical and well-designed work that I highly recommend. "

Udaya R. Wagle
“This text provides a broad coverage, focused approach for dissertation, balanced approach between quantitative and qualitative designs, and excellent examples.”
Anne J. Hacker
“I wish this text was available when I was working on my dissertation as it would have demystified the process greatly!”
Bernie Kerr
“The title is wonderful and attention getting. It’s practical and consistent with the title in terms of compliance with requirements while seeking the path of least resistance toward completion of a quality product.”
Kaye Pepper
“[S]traightforward, well-written, concise and not too cumbersome….gets to the root of what students need to know. I like the detailed explanations and examples for writing each section of the dissertation.…The text explains and gives examples of how to write the methodology and the results. I also think the student suggestions are very helpful.”
Karin Klenke
“The text is well organized.…It includes chapters on the presentation of both quantitative and qualitative results which are particularly welcome in Ph D programs that value paradigmatic diversity and do not expect students to conform to the assumptions of a single paradigm such as positivism.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412916790
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/5/2007
  • Series: Surviving Your Dissertation Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 326
  • Sales rank: 104,716
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Kjell Erik Rudestam is Professor of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California, where he served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for many years. He was previously a psychology professor at York University, Toronto, and Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, after receiving his Ph D in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Oregon. He is the author of Your Statistical Consultant: Answers to Your Data Analysis Questions, 2nd edition (also with Rae R. Newton), Handbook of Online Learning, 2nd edition (with Judith Schoenholtz-Read), and eight other books, as well as numerous articles in professional journals on topics including suicide, psychotherapy, and family and organizational systems. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 12), a Diplomate of the American Board of Examiners in Professional
Psychology (Clinical), a Diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Science from The Professional School of Psychology.

Rae R. Newton is Professor of Sociology Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton. He recently joined the faculty of the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University where he serves as a research consultant and statistical advisor to doctoral students and faculty. He received his Ph D in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and completed postdoctoral training in mental health measurement at Indiana University. His primary interests include longitudinal modeling of outcomes for high risk youth and foster care populations, family violence and statistics education. He is author, with Kjell Erik Rudestam, of Your Statistical Consultant: Answers to Your Data Analysis Questions, now in its second edition and numerous articles in professional journals on topics including family violence, child maltreatment, and measurement. In semi-retirement he enjoys traveling with his wife in their RV and surfing throughout Mexico and Central America.

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Table of Contents

PART I: Getting Started
Chapter 1. The Research Process
Chapter 2. Selecting a Suitable Topic
Chapter 3. Methods of Inquiry: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
PART II: Working With Content: The Dissertation Chapters
Chapter 4. Review of the Literature and Statement of the Problem
Chapter 5. The Method Chapter: Describing Your Research Plan
Chapter 6. Presenting the Results of Quantitative Studies
Chapter 7. Presenting the Results of Qualitative Studies
Chapter 8. Discussion
PART III: Working With Process: What You Need to Know to Make the Dissertation Easier
Chapter 9. Overcoming Barriers: Becoming an Expert While Controlling Your Own Destiny
Chapter 10. Writing
Chapter 11. How to Complete Your Dissertation Using Online Data Access and Collection
Chapter 12. Guidelines for the Presentation of Numbers in the Dissertation
Chapter 13. Informed Consent and Other Ethical Concerns

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2009

    Very Useful!

    This book was a supplemental material I used with and an amazing statistical research consultant who is famous in NYC to do my dissertation. By the way the consultant is also an author and I recommend his materials too as resources. For example, please see Research Pathways by William M. Bannon, Jr. The whole process really came together and made my dissertation a breeze to do!

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