The Education Dissertation; A Guide for Practitioner Scholars

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-18
  • Publisher: Corwin Pr

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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 Figuresp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Who Should Read This Book and Whyp. xii
Key Features and How to Use Themp. xiii
Organizational Templatesp. xiv
Synthesis of Researchp. xiv
Key Milestones and Proceduresp. xiv
˘Hints÷ Along the Wayp. xiv
Relevant Activitiesp. xv
Examples of Student Workp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
About the Authorp. xix
Dedicationp. xx
A Guide for Practitioner Scholarsp. 1
Questioning the Doctoratep. 2
Seeing the Doctoral Process Through Doctoral Students' Eyesp. 5
This Book as Guidelines and Guardrailsp. 9
Strategies for Successp. 12
Hint! What Exactly Does a Quality Dissertation Look Like?p. 14
A Roadmap From Start to Finishp. 19
The Big Picture: An Outline of the Processp. 20
The Dissertation Timelinep. 23
Your Own Timeline and Benchmarksp. 27
Use This! Dissertation Research Timeline Templatep. 28
Hint! Roles and Responsibilities of Your Dissertation Chairp. 30
Embracing Technology: The Table of Contents and Reference Listp. 32
Hint! Creating an Automated Table of Contentsp. 33
Use This! Table of Contents Templatep. 34
Structuring Your Life as a Doctoral Studentp. 37
Focusing Your Researchp. 39
Articulating a Topic in ˘Academic-Speak÷p. 42
Try This! Developing Your Academic Word Bankp. 43
Narrowing Your Topicp. 45
Hint! Writing Your Other Dissertation Next Timep. 46
Try This! Disaggregate This!p. 50
Your First Success at Focusing: Creating a Title and Research Questionp. 50
A Final Thought: Focusing Your Research at a Cocktail Partyp. 55
Structuring Your Researchp. 57
Choosing a Theoretical Frameworkp. 58
Doing a Literature Reviewp. 63
Hint! Differentiating Between a Reference List and a Bibliographyp. 67
Hint! Knowing When Your Dissertation Idea Is Focused Enoughp. 68
Understanding Research Methodologyp. 69
Try This! ˘Can You Operationalize That?÷p. 70
Choosing a Research Methodp. 71
Empirical Methodologiesp. 74
Linking Research Purpose to Research Methodp. 77
Conducting Your Researchp. 83
Linking Research Methods to Research Toolsp. 83
Quasi-Experimental Researchp. 85
Try This! Understanding Dependent and Independent Variablesp. 88
Analysis of Existing Statistical Datap. 89
Surveysp. 91
Interviewsp. 96
Document Analysisp. 99
Field Observationsp. 100
Institutional Review Board (IRB)p. 103
Some Final Thoughts Before ˘ABD-Land÷p. 108
Putting It All Together: Completing Your Dissertationp. 111
The Dissertation as a ˘Machine÷p. 112
Reverse Engineering Your Dissertationp. 116
What Are the Remaining Key Issues?p. 120
Triangulating Datap. 120
Using Your Own Voicep. 121
Answering Your Research Questionsp. 122
Finding No Findingp. 122
Remembering the Big Picturep. 123
Formatting the Dissertationp. 123
Use This! Key Formatting Guidelines for the Dissertation Final Submissionp. 124
Citation Stylep. 125
Chapter Lengthp. 125
Hint! How to Write a Good Abstractp. 127
Front Matterp. 127
Defending and Moving Onp. 129
The Dissertation Defensep. 130
Hint! Key Points About Your Dissertation Defensep. 131
Hint! How to Handle Conflict and Difficult Situations at Your Dissertation Defensep. 135
Publish Your Findingsp. 136
Hint! Tips for Academic Journal Publishingp. 138
Apply Your Research: Impacting K-12 Educationp. 141
Teach the Next Generation: Teaching in Higher Educationp. 143
Hint! Tips for Finding a Full-Time Job in Higher Educationp. 144
The Beginning of Your Journey as a Practitioner Scholarp. 147
Key Resources by Topicp. 149
Referencesp. 151
Indexp. 157
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