Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation : A Road Map from Beginning to End

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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.

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. xii
List of Figuresp. xiii
List of Appendicesp. xiv
Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xviii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxviii
About the Authorsp. xxix
Taking Charge of Yourself and Your Workp. 1
A Complete Dissertation: The Big Picturep. 3
Objectivesp. 3
Overviewp. 3
Front Matterp. 3
Title Pagep. 3
Copyright Page (optional)p. 4
Abstractp. 4
Dedication and Acknowledgmentsp. 5
Table of Contentsp. 5
Dissertation Chaptersp. 6
Introductionp. 6
Literature Reviewp. 7
Methodologyp. 8
Findingsp. 9
Analysis and Synthesisp. 10
Conclusions and Recommendationsp. 11
Back Matterp. 12
Appendicesp. 12
Referencesp. 12
Gearing Up: There Is Method in the Madnessp. 13
Objectivesp. 13
Overviewp. 13
Organizing and Managing Your Projectp. 14
Identifying and Developing a Researchable Topicp. 18
Seeking Suitable Advisorsp. 21
Stakeholder Responsibility and Standards of Good Practicep. 23
Establishing a Realistic Timelinep. 25
Choosing a Qualitative Research Approachp. 27
Objectivesp. 27
Overviewp. 27
Knowledge Claimsp. 28
Postpositivismp. 28
Social Constructivism/Interpretivismp. 28
Critical Theoryp. 29
Pragmatismp. 29
Qualitative Research Traditions or Genresp. 30
Case Studyp. 31
Ethnographyp. 32
Phenomenologyp. 32
Grounded Theoryp. 33
Narrative Inquiry/Biographyp. 34
Hermeneuticsp. 34
Action Researchp. 34
Postmodernism/Poststructuralismp. 35
Annotated Bibliographyp. 39
A First Step: Developing Your Proposalp. 42
Objectivesp. 42
Overviewp. 42
Proposal Componentsp. 43
Introduction to the Studyp. 43
Literature Reviewp. 44
Methodologyp. 44
Additional Elementsp. 44
Guidelines for Good Writingp. 45
Clarity, Coherence, and Cohesivenessp. 46
Format and Style Requirementsp. 47
Proofreading and Editingp. 48
Integrity Mattersp. 49
Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarismp. 50
Institutional Review Board Approvalp. 51
Annotated Bibliographyp. 53
Part I: Summary and Discussionp. 54
Content and Process: A Chapter-By-Chapter Road Mapp. 57
Introduction to Your Studyp. 60
Objectivesp. 60
Overviewp. 60
Section I: Instructionp. 61
Research Problemp. 61
Purpose Statement and Research Questionsp. 62
Additional Elementsp. 65
Chapter Summary Discussionp. 66
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklistp. 67
Section II: Applicationp. 68
Annotated Bibliographyp. 71
Developing and Presenting Your Literature Reviewp. 73
Objectivesp. 73
Overviewp. 73
Section-1: Instructionp. 74
Function and Purpose of the Literature Reviewp. 74
Role and Scope of the Literature Review in the Dissertationp. 75
Preparing for the Literature Reviewp. 77
Step 1: Identify and Retrieve Literaturep. 78
Step 2: Review and Analyze the Literaturep. 81
Step 3: Synthesis: Write the Reviewp. 84
Presenting the Reviewp. 85
Step 4: Develop the Conceptual Frameworkp. 86
Chapter Summary Discussionp. 91
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklistp. 92
Section II: Applicationp. 93
Annotated Bibliographyp. 96
Presenting Methodology and Research Approachp. 100
Objectivesp. 100
Overviewp. 100
Section I: Instructionp. 101
Introduction and Overviewp. 103
Research Samplep. 103
Overview of Information Neededp. 105
Research Designp. 106
Methods of Data Collectionp. 107
Data Analysis and Synthesisp. 109
Ethical Considerationsp. 111
Issues of Trustworthinessp. 112
Limitations and Delimitations of the Studyp. 114
Chapter Summaryp. 114
Chapter Summary Discussionp. 114
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklistp. 115
Section II: Applicationp. 117
Annotated Bibliographyp. 128
Analyzing Data and Reporting Findingsp. 134
Objectivesp. 134
Overviewp. 134
Section I: Instructionp. 135
Organizing and Preparing Data for Analysisp. 135
A Systematic Procedure for Data Analysisp. 138
Using Computer Software for Data Analysisp. 147
Presenting Research Findingsp. 148
Chapter Summary Discussionp. 152
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklistp. 154
Section II: Applicationp. 155
Annotated Bibliographyp. 165
Analyzing and Interpreting Findingsp. 171
Objectivesp. 171
Overviewp. 171
Section I: Instructionp. 173
Thinking About Your Analysisp. 173
Planning Analysis of Your Findingsp. 175
Presenting Your Analysis and Synthesisp. 180
Chapter Summary Discussionp. 184
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklistp. 186
Section II: Applicationp. 187
Annotated Bibliographyp. 200
Drawing Trustworthy Conclusions and Presenting Actionable Recommendationsp. 203
Objectivesp. 203
Overviewp. 203
Section I: Instructionp. 204
Presenting Trustworthy Conclusions 1p. 204
Presenting Actionable Recommendationsp. 205
Researcher's Final Reflectionsp. 206
Chapter Summary Discussionp. 207
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklistp. 207
Section II: Applicationp. 208
Part II: Summary and Discussionp. 212
Nearing Completionp. 215
Some Final Technical Considerationsp. 216
Objectivesp. 216
Overviewp. 216
Revisiting the Importance of Alignmentp. 216
Crafting a Titlep. 217
Writing the Abstractp. 219
Assembling the Manuscriptp. 221
Proofreading and Editingp. 222
Quality Assessment Checklist for Your Complete Dissertation: All Together Now!p. 223
Defense Preparationp. 231
Objectivesp. 231
Overviewp. 231
Pre-defense Preparationp. 231
Submitting Necessary Documentationp. 231
Selecting and Forming Your Committeep. 231
Preparing for the Defensep. 233
Post-defense Preparationp. 237
Making Revisions to Your Manuscriptp. 237
Publishing and Presenting Your Researchp. 238
Part III: Summary and Discussionp. 240
Afterwordp. 242
Appendicesp. 243
Referencesp. 289
Author Indexp. 297
Subject Indexp. 300
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