Graduate students often struggle with turning qualitative research projects into a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation because the research itself is inherently messy. Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Roadmap From Beginning to End, Second Edition helps address that challenge. Linda Dale Bloomberg and Marie Volpe have distilled decades of experience of dissertation advisement and successful doctoral defenses into this highly practical reference for graduate students. They focus on finding and articulating a clear research problem, purpose, and questions; laying out a research design that will lead to gathering the right kind of data and support the right kind of analysis; and writing up and defending the study. To help, they provide working tools, an integrative summary discussion at the end of each chapter, comprehensive checkists, and an annotated bibliography in each chapter.
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About the Author
Linda Dale Bloomberg, lead author, is former adjunct faculty and dissertation advisor in
adult learning and leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. As senior researcher
for the South African Human Sciences Research Council and National Institute for Personnel
Research, Dr. Bloomberg’s work focused on change management, diversity initiatives, and
enhanced workplace learning. She currently develops curriculum for qualitative research in
graduate programs, serves as dissertation chair and subject matter expert, and also serves as
consultant to various research, higher education, and nonprofit advisory boards. She is founder
of Bloomberg Associates and ILIAD (Institute for Learning Innovations and Adult Development)
and a cofounder of Columbia University’s Global Learning and Leadership Institute. She
has authored and edited numerous publications in the fields of organizational evaluation, qualitative
research, leadership development, adult learning, and distance education. Dr. Bloomberg
is a contributor to the recently published Sage Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement,
and Evaluation (2018), and is currently working on Executive Coaching: Supporting Adult
Development and Implications for Learning and Leadership. Dr. Bloomberg holds master’s degrees
in counseling psychology, organizational psychology, and education. In 2006, she received her
doctorate in adult education and organizational learning from Columbia University.
Marie Volpe is adjunct faculty in adult learning and leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she teaches dissertation seminars and serves as advisor to doctoral candidates. She conducts workshops for teachers in Mongolia and lectures on qualitative research methods at Suzhou University, China. After a career spanning thirty-five years with Exxon Corporation, where she held the position of manager of education and development, Dr. Volpe embarked on a second career in higher education, in which she has practiced for the past twenty years. She has contributed to publications in the areas of staff development and informal learning in the workplace. She received her master’s in organizational psychology and doctorate in adult education from Columbia University.
Table of Contents
List of TablesList of FiguresList of AppendicesForewordPrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorsPart I. Taking Charge of Yourself and Your WorkChapter 1. A Complete Dissertation: The Big PictureChapter 2. Gearing Up: There is Method in the MadnessChapter 3. Choosing a Qualitative Research ApproachChapter 4. A First Step: Developing Your ProposalPart II. Content and Process: A Chapter-By-Chapter Road MapChapter 5. Introduction to Your StudyChapter 6. Developing and Presenting Your Literature ReviewChapter 7. Presenting Methodology and Research ApproachChapter 8. Analyzing Data and Reporting FindingsChapter 9. Analyzing and Interpreting FindingsChapter 10. Drawing Trustworthy Conclusions and Presenting Actionable RecommendationsPart III. Nearing CompletionChapter 11. Some Final Technical ConsiderationsChapter 12. Defense PreparationAfterwordAppendicesReferencesAuthor IndexSubject Index