Surviving Your Dissertation
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Surviving Your Dissertation

A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process

Third Edition



© 2007 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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"The book is an excellent addition to those already available in the area and provides a very practical guide that students can pick up and use for reference throughout their dissertation process."
ESCalate (a Higher Education Academy Network publication)

Like the previous editions of this bestselling text, Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process, Third Edition offers readers guidance that other dissertation guides often miss, from ways to improve one's writing, to identifying one's learning preferences, to dealing with emotional blocks. Using examples from a wide range of disciplines, the authors give readers expert advice on the entire dissertation process: selecting a suitable topic; conducting a literature review; managing data overload; building an argument; presenting the material, data, and results; and working with faculty committees. The entire text has been updated and fresh examples have been added to it. This edition features an up-to-the-minute discussion of online research and the use of software packages. The authors have expanded their coverage of qualitative work, and added information about the use of mixed methods to the book. These updates and more make the Third Edition of Surviving Your Dissertation a must have resource for graduate students.

Key Features of the Third Edition:
  • Walks readers through the dissertation process as an ideal mentor would.
  • Devotes more attention to qualitative work, and touches upon mixed methods.
  • Discusses online library resources and completing one's dissertation via the Internet.
  • Features new material on the use of graphics.
  • Includes information about informed consent forms.


PART I: Getting Started
Chapter 1. The Research Process
Chapter 2. Selecting a Suitable Topic
Chapter 3. Methods of Inquiry: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
PART II: Working With Content: The Dissertation Chapters
Chapter 4. Review of the Literature and Statement of the Problem
Chapter 5. The Method Chapter: Describing Your Research Plan
Chapter 6. Presenting the Results of Quantitative Studies
Chapter 7. Presenting the Results of Qualitative Studies
Chapter 8. Discussion
PART III: Working With Process: What You Need to Know to Make the Dissertation Easier
Chapter 9. Overcoming Barriers: Becoming an Expert While Controlling Your Own Destiny
Chapter 10. Writing
Chapter 11. How to Complete Your Dissertation Using Online Data Access and Collection
Chapter 12. Guidelines for the Presentation of Numbers in the Dissertation
Chapter 13. Informed Consent and Other Ethical Concerns

"In nearly each chapter the authors list 'suggestions from students' to provide some relief in the whole process. For the scholar practitioner, the ease with which the whole process is explained will reduce the stress, and yet result in a high standard of research in dissertations. This book is helpful for both the mentor and mentee in Ph.D. or Ed.D. program."

Jerry Horgen
St. Cloud State University, Capella University
The School Administrator

I reviewed several other similar texts from SAGE (and Pearson) and found the content and organization of this book to be best suited for my course. It not only covers the basics of the dissertation process, but includes chapters on overcoming barriers, writing, APA info, and IRB considerations.

Dr Steven Mertens
Curriculum Instruction Dept, Illinois State University
July 24, 2014

This is a great text, introduced in year 2 in research methods; which aids smooth progression on to year 3 (i.e. disserations).

Mr Simon Brent
FBSE, Southampton Solent University
December 16, 2013

Doctoral program not established in the HUS department as of yet. Excellent book for thesis writing students.

Professor Barb LaRue
Health Human Services Programs, Baker College of Port Huron
August 11, 2013

Very good support text for dissertation writers. Very comprehensive explanation of process, design, and dissemination

Dr Clarence Williamson
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Walden University
March 4, 2013
Key features

This edition:

  • Walks readers through the dissertation process as an ideal mentor would.
  • Devotes more attention to qualitative work, and touches upon mixed methods.
  • Discusses online library resources and completing one's dissertation via the Internet.
  • Features new material on the use of graphics.
  • Includes information about informed consent forms.

 


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