It’s an uphill climb—but the view from the top makes it all worthwhile.
A dissertation can be challenging, but this informative book helps you overcome the obstacles along the way. Using graphics, checklists, and sample forms, this guide readies you for each step of the process, including selecting the committee, getting acclimated to academic writing, preparing for your oral defense, and publishing your research. New features include:
- A chapter on ethical considerations
- Expanded coverage of digital data collection and the Internet
- More detailed information on conducting the literature review
- A discussion of how to develop a theoretical or conceptual framework
|Edition description:||Second Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Carol M. Roberts is Professor in the University of La Verne’s Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership where she advises doctoral students, chairs dissertations, and teaches research plus a variety of courses focused on leading organizations. Carol is a speaker, consultant, and seminar leader specializing in organizational and team development, strategic planning, conflict resolution, coaching, and personal mastery. She has been a trainer for the California School Leadership Academy and the California School Boards Association. She received her doctoral degree in planning, policy, and administration from the University of Southern California. Carol served on the Executive Board for the Southern Counties Women in Educational Management and was awarded its Woman of the Year award.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Kenneth R. StevensonPreface to the Second EditionPrefaceA Note to Doctoral CandidatesAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorPart I: Quests and Questions1. Do You Have What It Takes? Why Take This Journey? Do You Have What It Takes to Journey to the Peak? Avoiding the Hazards of High Altitude Climbing Procrastination Emotional Barriers Writer's Block What are the Inner Essentials? Summary2. What Exactly Is a Dissertation? What Is a Doctoral Dissertation? Typical Dissertation Structure Studies Using Quantitative Methodology Sample Format Studies Using Qualitative Methodology Sample Format Alternative Formats Components of a Typical Dissertation Major Steps in the Dissertation Process Roles and Responsibilities Summary3. What are Ethical Considerations in Research? Rights of Human Subjects Ethical Considerations in Data Collection Ethical Issues in Data Analysis and Interpretation Ethical Issues in Reporting Research Findings Ethics of Writing Up Research Other Ethical Considerations SummaryPart II: Preparing for the Climb4. Choosing a Dissertation Topic Approaches to Choosing a Topic Where to Look for Potential Topics Some Criteria for Topic Selection Replication Studies Replication Studies Do’s and Don’ts Summary5. Creating Your Dissertation Team Peak Principle: Always Climb Fully Equipped Selecting a Dissertation Advisor Selecting the Committee The Care and Nurture of Advisors and Committee Members How to Approach a Potential Advisor What If No One Agrees to Be Your Advisor? Choosing Outfitters and Bearers (Other Specialized Consultants) Where to Locate Specialists Summary6. Dissertation Support Groups Critical Decisions Strategies and Structures of Successful Support Groups Other Considerations Summary7. Organizing Yourself Organize Your Workspace Organize Your Time Working Smart Maintain Balance Strategies for Getting a Life While Dissertating SummaryPART III: BEGINNING THE CLIMB8. Using the Internet and Technology to Conduct Research Conducting Literature Searches Online Help Helpful Technology Collecting and Analyzing Data Communicating Via the Internet Using Your Library’s Electronic Search Capability Using Your Instructional Technology Center Additional Online Resources Tips to Keep You Sane and Productive Summary9. Reviewing the Literature Purpose and Scope Preparation Steps in Conducting a Literature Review Techniques for Writing the Literature Review Advice on Writing a Literature Review Literature Review Checklist Summary10. Mastering the Academic Style Qualities of Scholarly Writing Common Writing Problems Tips for Good Writing Further Reading Helpful Web Sites SummaryPART IV: Climbing to Base Camp 11. Writing the Introduction Chapter Problem Statement Theoretical or Conceptual Framework Purpose Statement Research Questions/Hypotheses Significance of the Study Delimitations Assumptions Definition of Terms Organization of the Study Summary12. Selecting and Describing the Methodology Selecting the Methodology Describing the Methodology Summary13. Holding the Proposal Meeting Before the Meeting During the Meeting After the Meeting SummaryPART V: FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR THE PEAK14. Analyzing and Presenting the Results Understanding the Data Writing the Introductory Paragraph Tables and the Narrative Description Presenting the Findings Further Reading Summary15. Summarizing and Discussing the Results Reflect on Findings Chapter Organization Questions to Ask About Summarizing and Discussing the Findings SummaryPART VI: FINAL ASCENT AND VIEW FROM THE TOP & BEYOND16. The Oral Defense: D-Day A Defense Scenario Helpful Hints: Prior to the Oral Defense During the Oral Defense After the Oral Defense Summary17. The Next Peak The Descent Letting Down Mount Analogue Helping Others Mentoring Disseminating Your Study's Findings SummaryParting ThoughtsAppendicesReferencesIndex