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Written for practicing educators, this resource provides a step-by-step process, organizational templates, and tips throughout for completing an academically rigorous dissertation.
Table of Contents
|List of Figures||p. ix|
|Who Should Read This Book and Why||p. xii|
|Key Features and How to Use Them||p. xiii|
|Organizational Templates||p. xiv|
|Synthesis of Research||p. xiv|
|Key Milestones and Procedures||p. xiv|
|˘Hints÷ Along the Way||p. xiv|
|Relevant Activities||p. xv|
|Examples of Student Work||p. xv|
|About the Author||p. xix|
|A Guide for Practitioner Scholars||p. 1|
|Questioning the Doctorate||p. 2|
|Seeing the Doctoral Process Through Doctoral Students' Eyes||p. 5|
|This Book as Guidelines and Guardrails||p. 9|
|Strategies for Success||p. 12|
|Hint! What Exactly Does a Quality Dissertation Look Like?||p. 14|
|A Roadmap From Start to Finish||p. 19|
|The Big Picture: An Outline of the Process||p. 20|
|The Dissertation Timeline||p. 23|
|Your Own Timeline and Benchmarks||p. 27|
|Use This! Dissertation Research Timeline Template||p. 28|
|Hint! Roles and Responsibilities of Your Dissertation Chair||p. 30|
|Embracing Technology: The Table of Contents and Reference List||p. 32|
|Hint! Creating an Automated Table of Contents||p. 33|
|Use This! Table of Contents Template||p. 34|
|Structuring Your Life as a Doctoral Student||p. 37|
|Focusing Your Research||p. 39|
|Articulating a Topic in ˘Academic-Speak÷||p. 42|
|Try This! Developing Your Academic Word Bank||p. 43|
|Narrowing Your Topic||p. 45|
|Hint! Writing Your Other Dissertation Next Time||p. 46|
|Try This! Disaggregate This!||p. 50|
|Your First Success at Focusing: Creating a Title and Research Question||p. 50|
|A Final Thought: Focusing Your Research at a Cocktail Party||p. 55|
|Structuring Your Research||p. 57|
|Choosing a Theoretical Framework||p. 58|
|Doing a Literature Review||p. 63|
|Hint! Differentiating Between a Reference List and a Bibliography||p. 67|
|Hint! Knowing When Your Dissertation Idea Is Focused Enough||p. 68|
|Understanding Research Methodology||p. 69|
|Try This! ˘Can You Operationalize That?÷||p. 70|
|Choosing a Research Method||p. 71|
|Empirical Methodologies||p. 74|
|Linking Research Purpose to Research Method||p. 77|
|Conducting Your Research||p. 83|
|Linking Research Methods to Research Tools||p. 83|
|Quasi-Experimental Research||p. 85|
|Try This! Understanding Dependent and Independent Variables||p. 88|
|Analysis of Existing Statistical Data||p. 89|
|Document Analysis||p. 99|
|Field Observations||p. 100|
|Institutional Review Board (IRB)||p. 103|
|Some Final Thoughts Before ˘ABD-Land÷||p. 108|
|Putting It All Together: Completing Your Dissertation||p. 111|
|The Dissertation as a ˘Machine÷||p. 112|
|Reverse Engineering Your Dissertation||p. 116|
|What Are the Remaining Key Issues?||p. 120|
|Triangulating Data||p. 120|
|Using Your Own Voice||p. 121|
|Answering Your Research Questions||p. 122|
|Finding No Finding||p. 122|
|Remembering the Big Picture||p. 123|
|Formatting the Dissertation||p. 123|
|Use This! Key Formatting Guidelines for the Dissertation Final Submission||p. 124|
|Citation Style||p. 125|
|Chapter Length||p. 125|
|Hint! How to Write a Good Abstract||p. 127|
|Front Matter||p. 127|
|Defending and Moving On||p. 129|
|The Dissertation Defense||p. 130|
|Hint! Key Points About Your Dissertation Defense||p. 131|
|Hint! How to Handle Conflict and Difficult Situations at Your Dissertation Defense||p. 135|
|Publish Your Findings||p. 136|
|Hint! Tips for Academic Journal Publishing||p. 138|
|Apply Your Research: Impacting K-12 Education||p. 141|
|Teach the Next Generation: Teaching in Higher Education||p. 143|
|Hint! Tips for Finding a Full-Time Job in Higher Education||p. 144|
|The Beginning of Your Journey as a Practitioner Scholar||p. 147|
|Key Resources by Topic||p. 149|
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