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Restarting Stalled Research
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Restarting Stalled Research



July 2015 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Written for researchers and graduate students writing dissertations, this unique book offers detailed advice and perspective on many issues that can stall a research project and reveals what can be done to successfully resume it. Using a direct yet conversational style, author Paul C. Rosenblatt draws on his decades of experience to cover many diverse topics. The text guides readers through challenges such as clarifying the end goal of a project; resolving common and not-so-common writing problems; dealing with rejection and revision decisions; handling difficulties involving dissertation advisers and committee members; coping with issues of researcher motivation or self-esteem; and much more.

 
Introduction
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1. Problems in Deciding What the Research Is About
When the Problem Is Conceptual

 
If You Do Not Know What You Are Doing in Your Research

 
When the Problem Is with the Model of How to Do Research

 
When the Project Seems Outdated

 
 
Chapter 2. Restarting Your Writing
Writer’s Block

 
Dealing with Editorial Rejection or a Revise-and-Resubmit Editorial Decision

 
Dealing with Unreasonable Demands for Dissertation Revision

 
General Guidelines and Resources for Moving Writing Forward

 
 
Chapter 3. Social Relationship Issues Connected to Research Being Stalled
Problems with Research Collaborators

 
Dealing with a Research Assistant’s Dishonesty, Poor Functioning, or Incompetence

 
Problems with Advisers or Committee Members

 
If You Have Lost Your Adviser

 
Who Owns the Data?

 
Dealing with Powerful, Possibly Dangerous Gatekeepers

 
Problems with People You Want to Study

 
Stalled Because You Do Not Have a Research Peer Group

 
 
Chapter 4. Self of Researcher
If You Do Not Know What to Do Next on Your Research

 
If You Have Lost Your Motivation

 
If You Do Not Feel Good Enough about Yourself to Do the Work

 
Getting Out of the Mental Rut You Are in About Being Stalled

 
 
Chapter 5. Stalled Because of a Shortage of Resources
If You Have No Research Funds

 
Research Assistant Troubles

 
If Your Records Are Not Good Enough

 
When the Problem Seems to Be with Quality or Amount of Data

 
Issues with Data Resources: Stalled When Working with Someone Else’s Data

 
Stalled Because of the Time, Focus, and Energy Demands of the Rest of Your Life

 
 
Chapter 6. When to Quit
Consider Consulting with Someone First

 
Liquidating a Project

 
Maybe Research Is Not for You

 
 
Appendix. Advice for Research Consultants, Mentors, and Dissertation Advisers Helping Others With Stalled Projects
 
References
 
Index

“This book addresses common writing issues in a clear and matter-of-fact, but thoughtful and thorough manner. The author addresses issues often outside the control of the researcher—funding, ownership of data, collaborative relationships, student-chair and mentor relationships, and concerns about reputation after abandoning a research project. All need addressing and I applaud the author for doing so in a forthright manner.”

Roma B. Angel, Appalachian State University

“I believe this text could be a helpful tool to assist dissertation students who become bogged in the research mire.” 

William Figg, Dakota State University

Readers will find themselves in these pages, and find themselves attended to without judgment, without impatience, and without ridicule.”

Karin Lindstrom Bremer, Minnesota State University, Mankato

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