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Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation
A Road Map From Beginning to End

Third Edition
Companion Website


© 2016 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Addressing one of the key challenges facing doctoral students, Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation fills a gap in qualitative literature by offering comprehensive guidance and practical tools for navigating each step in the qualitative dissertation journey, including the planning, research, and writing phases. Blending the conceptual, theoretical, and practical, the book becomes a dissertation in action—a logical and cohesive explanation and illustration of content and process. The Third Edition maintains key features that distinguish its unique approach and has been thoroughly updated and expanded throughout to reflect and address recent developments in the field. 
 
PART I: TAKING CHARGE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR WORK
 
1. A Complete Dissertation: The Big Picture
Objectives  
Overview  
Front Matter  
Dissertation Chapters  
Back Matter  
Evaluating the Quality of Qualitative Research  
 
2. Gearing Up: There is Method in the Madness
Objectives  
Overview  
Organizing and Managing Your Project  
Identifying and Developing a Researchable Topic  
Seeking Suitable Advisors  
Stakeholder Responsibility and Standards of Good Practice  
Establishing a Realistic Timeline  
 
3. Choosing a Qualitative Research Approach
Objectives  
Overview  
The History of Qualitative Research  
Defining Features of Qualitative Research  
Knowledge Claims  
Qualitative Research Traditions or Genres  
The Current Landscape of Qualitative Research  
Choosing a Qualitative Approach  
Annotated Bibliography  
 
4. A First Step: Developing Your Proposal
Objectives  
Overview  
Proposal Components  
Guidelines for Academic Writing  
Integrity Matters  
Institutional Review Board Approval  
Annotated Bibliography  
Part I: Summary and Discussion  
 
PART II: CONTENT AND PROCESS: A CHAPTER-BY-CHAPTER ROAD MAP
 
5. Introduction to Your Study
Objectives  
Overview  
Section I: Instruction  
Chapter Summary Discussion  
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist  
Section II: Application  
Annotated Bibliography  
 
6. Developing and Presenting Your Literature Review
Objectives  
Overview  
Section I: Instruction  
Chapter Summary Discussion  
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist  
Section II: Application  
Annotated Bibliography  
 
7. Presenting Methodology and Research Approach
Objectives  
Overview  
Section I: Instruction  
Chapter Summary Discussion  
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist  
Section II: Application  
Annotated Bibliograhy  
 
8. Analyzing Data and Reporting Findings
Objectives  
Overview  
Section I: Instruction  
Chapter Summary Discussions  
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist  
Section II: Application  
Annotated Bibliography  
 
9. Analyzing and Interpreting Findings
Objectives  
Overview  
Section I: Instruction  
Chapter Summary Discussion  
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist  
Section II: Application  
Annotated Bibliography  
 
10. Drawing Trustworthy Conclusions and Presenting Actionable Recommendations
Objectives  
Overview  
Section I: Instruction  
Chapter Summary Discussion  
Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist  
Section II: Application  
Part II: Summary and Discussion  
 
PART III: NEARING COMPLETION
 
11. Some Final Technical Considerations
Objectives  
Overview  
Revisiting the Importance of Alignment  
Crafting a Title  
Writing the Abstract  
Assembling the Manuscript  
Proofreading and Editing  
Quality Assessment Checklist for Your Complete Dissertation: All Together Now!  
 
12. Defense Preparation
Objectives  
Overview  
Pre-Defense Preparation  
Post-Defense Preparation  
Part III: Summary and Discussion  
 
Afterword
 
Appendices
 
References

Supplements

Student Study Site

Our Student Study Site at http://study.sagepub.com/bloomberg3e  is completely open-access and offers a wide range of additional features, including something no other publisher offers: SAGE Journal articles!

The open-access
Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Downloadable templates from the book include charts, tables, and other tools.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.
  • Connect with author Dr. Linda Dale Bloomberg’s blog for further research on important chapter topics. 
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights. 

Students interested and/or committed in engaging in qualitative research would find Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation to be extremely informative and easy to read. The organization and presentation of the content are both visually appealing and the content is presented in a very student friendly manner. The organization of the chapters including the chapter objectives, chapter summaries and checklists are also helpful for faculty in terms on developing syllabi and pacing of course materials. The charts and diagrams are also very helpful and beneficial. Students need resources and tools to help with the thinking, collecting and analysis of rich qualitative data—of which can be found in almost every chapter of this text.

This book does not lecture students but provides helpful tools to the assist in the collection of rich qualitative data.  In addition, in many instances the students are actually able to see the tools and suggestions provided in the text in “action.” When reading this text, the students are not left with figuring out next steps and how, this book provides a very clear road map.

Kriss Y. Kemp-Graham
Texas A&M University

I applaud the author for taking on the challenge of describing the conceptual/theoretical model. This piece of information alone will meaningfully improve doctoral students’ ability to progress forward with writing their dissertations. The conceptual/ theoretical model is one of the most misunderstood aspects of the dissertation, and yet the most important aspect of the dissertation because it anchors the study. But the single most impressive aspect of Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation is that the authors make sense of writing a qualitative dissertation in a way that will likely enhance the active and inactive students’ ability to complete their dissertation.

Antonio C. Cuyler
Florida State University

I have used previous editions of Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation and, while they have been excellent, I find the third edition to be the best resource for students that I’ve seen. The chapters are practical and applied, using a real life example throughout. There are even sections in each chapter that address frequent errors that students make.  The third edition also provides a detailed description of various qualitative genres, making it easier for students to locate their own work within the book.  This book will be required reading for each of my doctoral students, long before they start thinking about their dissertations.

Kate de Medeiros
Miami University

In this third edition, I appreciated even more the intention the authors give to demystifying both the process of doctoral research and the rationale for the dissertation as a culminating product. It is heartening to have experienced researchers and teachers provide such clarifying and encouraging support to novices, particularly those whose progress through the complicated journey of becoming a qualitative researcher has become stymied and who are thereby feeling demoralized or despairing of ever completing their research work. The challenges of providing good research advisement stood out for me in reading this revision, so even though Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation is primarily designed for a graduate student audience, I have already recommended the third edition to my faculty colleagues within counselor education who are looking for a way to better transition excellent clinicians into excellent qualitative researchers for the counseling profession.

Karen Mackie
University of Rochester

This third edition is a valuable guide for doctoral students.  Theoretical and often abstract elements of the dissertation process are translated into clear and practical steps that students can take and instructors can share on the road toward successful completion of the dissertation.

Amira Proweller
DePaul University
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • Expanded coverage of qualitative research methodology and qualitative analysis better prepares students for successful completion of their doctoral dissertations.
  • Enhanced coverage of key elements of the dissertation, such as reflexivity, rigor, conceptual framework, methodological congruence, and synthesis clarify each aspect of the process.
  • Updated tables, figures, checklists, and templates reinforce concepts and help students organize, manage, and present data.
  • Updated, more reader-friendly Application sections include a broader range of qualitative traditions or genres, including critical approaches.
  • New and useful rubrics for evaluating the overall quality of a qualitative dissertation and the quality of the literature review now appear in appendices for easy reference. 


KEY FEATURES:

  • Clear, manageable steps to the entire dissertation process provide an easy-to-follow road map.
  • Logical organization of topics allows students to immediately jump to the section that pertains to their current stage in the process.
  • A unique chapter on dissertation defense demystifies this often intimidating experience.

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