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Writing Your Doctoral Dissertation or Thesis Faster

Writing Your Doctoral Dissertation or Thesis Faster
A Proven Map to Success

January 2014 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Any new journey requires a map to guide you through potential pitfalls, explain interesting landmarks, and offer time-saving tips. Given that a thesis or dissertation is arguably the most important journey students will embark upon in their professional career, smart travellers will want Writing Your Doctoral Dissertation or Thesis Faster close at hand.

This guide helps you determine their research topic, choose appropriate methods, turn a hypothesis into a study, complete a literature review, write and defend a proposal, collect and analyze data, write up the study, and ultimately defend your dissertation. Building on years of experience with their own doctoral students, the authors have developed an extremely comprehensive, yet easy-to-use tool, which includes unique features like encouraging student reflection, student stories, hints and tips, end-of-chapter checklists, and ideas for incorporating social media.

When used in a classroom setting, ancillary content assist instructors in supporting students throughout the process. Use the proven techniques and guidance of this indispensible tool to finish faster!
PART I. Designing Your Dissertation or Doctoral Thesis
1. Do You Understand What is Required in a Doctoral Dissertation or Thesis?
2. Do You Have an Idea for a Topic
3. Do You Have Some Idea How You Will Study Your Topic? Bridging Topic and Methods
4. Do You Know How to Develop Your Research Design, and Methodology?
5. Do You Understand How to Fine Tune Your Methodological Choices? Moving From Basics to Getting Ready to Write
PART II. Writing and Defending Your Proposal
6. Are You Ready to Write Your Methodology?
7. Are You Ready to Write Your Review of Literature?
8. Are You Ready to Write the Overview for Your Study?
9. Are You and Your Proposal Ready for Defense?
PART III. Findings/Conclusions and Writing Your Final Dissertation or Thesis
10. Have You Finished Your Data Collection?
11. Are You Ready to Write Up Your Qualitative Data?
12. Are You Ready to Write Up Your Quantitative Data?
13. Are You Ready to Write Up Your Mixed Methods Data?
14. Are You Ready for Your Final Defense?

“It is extremely readable and candid. As a faculty [member], I want students to know the ‘real deal’. The approach offered in this book provides one that is holistic realizing that our students are people with lives that influence the dissertation process. The Tracesea sections came at the right time when I was going to ask the very same question. Multiple voices of student and faculty add a wonderful dynamic. Love the use of PowerPoint slides, which would help me tremendously in my dissertation seminar.”  

Gretchen McAllister
Northern Arizona University

 “I really like the detail, experiences, reflections by students, and layout.”

Gene Gloeckner
Colorado State University

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