Use these focused guidelines to help you through every stage of the dissertation process!
Written for practicing educators pursuing a doctoral degree, this resource provides a step-by-step process for developing and completing an academically rigorous dissertation in a time-efficient manner. Grounded in adult learning theory, this volume:
- Offers a clear, easy-to-follow approach with concrete goals and workable methods
- Discusses how practitioner scholars can apply their work experience to the dissertation
- Includes organizational templates, detailed charts, checklists, a timeline, student examples, and rubrics
- Provides tips throughout to help students think through situations
- Covers both quantitative and qualitative research
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About the Author
Dan W. Butin is the founding dean of the school of education at Merrimack College. He is the editor and author of over fifty books, articles, and book chapters, including the books Teaching Social Foundations of Education and Service-Learning and Social Justice Education. Dr. Butin’s research focuses on issues of educator preparation and policy and community engagement. Dr. Butin has been the assistant dean of the school of education at Cambridge College and a faculty member at Gettysburg College. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Butin taught middle school, in an adult GED program, and was the chief financial officer of Teacher For America. More about Dr. Butin’s teaching and scholarship can be found at http://danbutin.org/.
Table of Contents
List of FiguresPreface Who Should Read This Book and Why Key Features and How to Use ThemAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorDedication1. A Guide for Practitioner Scholars Questioning the Doctorate Seeing the Doctoral Process Through Doctoral Students’ Eyes This Book as Guidelines and Guardrails Strategies for Success2. A Road Map From Start to Finish The Big Picture: An Outline of the Process The Dissertation Timeline Your Own Timeline and Benchmarks Embracing Technology: The Table of Contents and Reference List Structuring Your Life as a Doctoral Student3. Focusing Your Research Articulating a Topic in “Academic Speak” Narrowing the Topic Your First Success at Focusing: Creating a Title and Research Question A Final Thought: Focusing Your Research at a Cocktail Party4. Structuring Your Research Choosing a Theoretical Framework Doing a Literature Review Understanding Research Methodology Choosing a Research Method Empirical Methodologies Linking Research Purpose to Research Method 5. Conducting Your Research Linking Research Methods to Research Tools Institutional Review Board (IRB) Some Final Thoughts Before "ABD-Land "6. Putting It All Together: Completing Your Dissertation The Dissertation as a “Machine” Reverse Engineering Your Dissertation What Are the Remaining Key Issues?7. Defending and Moving On The Dissertation Defense Publish Your Findings Apply Your Research: Impacting K-12 Education Teach the Next Generation: Teaching in Higher Education The Beginning of Your Journey as a Practitioner Scholar Key Resources by TopicReferencesIndex
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I only wish I had read this book earlier on. This is essential reading for any education doctoral candidate. You should read it cover to cover before beginning your dissertation. It's so discouraging to have professors give you the "run around" and fail to explain things in a way that we can understand. This book will help save you a lot of grief, breaking important themes down into understandable pieces. It won't write the research project for you, but it takes a lot of the mystery out of the process.
A pragmatic, sometimes humerous, approach to obtaining a dissertation. Good information. Practical. Makes you wish this guy was your one of your instructors. Highly recommend.
This is a book that i have never read but still think its great.