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"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:
“The text is well organized.…It includes chapters on the presentation of both quantitative and qualitative results which are particularly welcome in PhD programs that value paradigmatic diversity and do not expect students to conform to the assumptions of a single paradigm such as positivism.”
"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."
"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!"
"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."
“I wish this text was available when I was working on my dissertation as it would have demystified the process greatly!”
“This text provides a broad coverage, focused approach for dissertation, balanced approach between quantitative and qualitative designs, and excellent examples.”
“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.”
“[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.”
|Preface to the Second Edition|
|1||The Research Process|
|2||Selecting a Suitable Topic|
|3||Methods of Inquiry: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches|
|4||Review of the Literature and Statement of the Problem|
|5||The Method Chapter: Describing Your Research Plan|
|6||Presenting the Results of Empirical Studies|
|8||Overcoming Barriers: Becoming an Expert While Controlling Your Own Destiny|
|10||Computing: Using a Personal Computer Effectively|
|11||Guidelines for the Presentation of Numbers in the Dissertation|
|12||Informed Consent and Other Ethical Concerns|
|About the Authors|
Posted June 19, 2009
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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