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Surviving your dissertation: A comprehensive guide to content and process

Surviving your dissertation: A comprehensive guide to content and process

Rudestam, Kjell Erik; Newton, Rae R

Using examples from a range of disciplines, this book gives readers advice on the entire dissertation process. It also talks about issues such as: 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. 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

Paperback, Book, Reproduction. English.
3rd rev.ed.
Published Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications Inc, 2007

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Statement of responsibility: Kjell Erik Rudestam, Rae R. Newton
ISBN: 1412916798, 9781412916790
Note: Paperback.
Biography: Rae R. Newton is a Professor of Sociology at California State University-Fullerton and a Senior Statistician at the Child and Adolescent Health Services Research Center in San Diego, California. He recieved his doctoral degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and postdoctoral training at Indiana University. He is author of "Your Statistical Consultant: Answers to Your Data Analysis Questions" (with Kjell Rudestam) and numerous articles in professional journals. His research interests include statistical analysis, particularly structural equation modeling, health services delivery, and family violence. Kjell Erik Rudestam, Ph.D., is an Associate Dean at The Fielding Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California. He was previously Professor of Psychology at York University, Toronto. He received his doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Oregon. He is author of "Methods of Self-Change, Experiential Groups in Theory and Practice, Treating the Multi-Problem Family" (with Mark Frankel), and Your Statistical Consultant and Surviving Your Dissertation, Second Edition (both with Rae Newton), as well as numerous articles in professional journals. His research interests are suicide, psychotherapy, and family and organizational systems. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology (Clinical).
Physical Description: 328 p. : ill. ; 23x15x2 cm.
Series: Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehen (Paperback)
Subject: Report writing.; Study & learning skills.; Higher & further education.; Dissertations, Academic United States.; Writing skills.; Research United States.

Contents

  1. 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.

Reviews

"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."
The School Administrator