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The Education Dissertation

The Education Dissertation
A Guide for Practitioner Scholars

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November 2009 | 184 pages | Corwin

"With each turn of the page I found myself nodding 'exactly!' Whether as a class text assigned by faculty or as a self-study resource used by students, this book will resonate with readers."
—Doug Leigh, Associate Professor of Education
Pepperdine University

Use these focused guidelines to help you through every stage of the dissertation process!

Writing a dissertation requires focus and commitment. The Education Dissertation provides a step-by-step process for developing and completing an academically rigorous dissertation in a time-efficient manner.

Written for doctoral students in education who are also currently working in the field, this book provides specific and accessible guidance for the entire process, from finding a topic to conducting the literature review to writing and defending the dissertation. Grounded in adult learning theory, this volume:

  • Offers a clear, easy-to-follow approach that highlights key milestones with concrete goals and workable methods at each step
  • Discusses how practitioner scholars can apply their work experience to the dissertation
  • Includes organizational templates complete with detailed charts, checklists, a timeline, student examples, and rubrics
  • Provides tips throughout to help students think through situations
  • Covers both quantitative and qualitative research

Perfect for practicing educators at any stage of the dissertation process, this resource provides the "big picture" framework as well as the nitty-gritty details.

List of Figures
Who Should Read This Book and Why  
Key Features and How to Use Them  
About the Author
1. A Guide for Practitioner Scholars
Questioning the Doctorate  
Seeing the Doctoral Process Through Doctoral Students’ Eyes  
This Book as Guidelines and Guardrails  
Strategies for Success  
2. A Road Map From Start to Finish
The Big Picture: An Outline of the Process  
The Dissertation Timeline  
Your Own Timeline and Benchmarks  
Embracing Technology: The Table of Contents and Reference List  
Structuring Your Life as a Doctoral Student  
3. Focusing Your Research
Articulating a Topic in “Academic Speak”  
Narrowing the Topic  
Your First Success at Focusing: Creating a Title and Research Question  
A Final Thought: Focusing Your Research at a Cocktail Party  
4. Structuring Your Research
Choosing a Theoretical Framework  
Doing a Literature Review  
Understanding Research Methodology  
Choosing a Research Method  
Empirical Methodologies  
Linking Research Purpose to Research Method  
5. Conducting Your Research
Linking Research Methods to Research Tools  
Institutional Review Board (IRB)  
Some Final Thoughts Before "ABD-Land"  
6. Putting It All Together: Completing Your Dissertation
The Dissertation as a “Machine”  
Reverse Engineering Your Dissertation  
What Are the Remaining Key Issues?  
7. Defending and Moving On
The Dissertation Defense  
Publish Your Findings  
Apply Your Research: Impacting K-12 Education  
Teach the Next Generation: Teaching in Higher Education  
The Beginning of Your Journey as a Practitioner Scholar  
Key Resources by Topic

"The book is rich with ideas and strategies for thinking about every phase of the dissertation and for undertaking each phase once it has been carefully thought out."

Daniel L. Duke, Professor of Educational Leadership
University of Virginia

"The author does an excellent job of taking a serious, technical, overwhelming topic and making it fun and interesting to read."

Tammy J. Graham, Assistant Professor of Education
The Citadel

"With each turn of the page I found myself nodding 'exactly!' Whether as a class text assigned by faculty or as a self-study resource used by students, this book will resonate with readers."

Doug Leigh, Associate Professor of Education
Pepperdine University

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