How to Prepare a Dissertation Proposal: Suggestions for Students in Education and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

How to Prepare a Dissertation Proposal: Suggestions for Students in Education and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

How to Prepare a Dissertation Proposal: Suggestions for Students in Education and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

“What are the core elements of a strong proposal?” “How can I accent the strengths of my study design?” “How can computer use facilitate my literature review?” “What is the best way to get my proposal reviewed and approved?” You will find the answers to these and other key issues in this unique “assembly manual” for crafting a complete and convincing dissertation proposal. Three extensively annotated proposals of former students provide examples of the guidance offered and illustrate common types of studies. Whether you study best by example, review, memorization, or problem solving, this book’s format enables you to follow your own pace and style.

This is no ordinary step-by-step guide. The authors begin by identifying and defining the basics of a dissertation proposal. With careful consideration, they explore proposal functions and parts, show how to build your study’s chain of reasoning, and carefully review alternate study designs. Chapters are devoted to qualitative studies: (sectioned into case studies, philosophical, and historical investigations); quantitative studies: (sectioned into experimental, causal modeling, and meta-analysis studies); and mixed-method studies: (sectioned into: sample survey, evaluation, development, and demonstration and action projects).

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  1. A Reader said,

    Wrote on June 28, 2012 @ 3:51 am

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    Highly recommended!, June 12, 2007
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    I recommend this book to ALL my PhD. students. I recommend it to you! Your university’s specific format may differ, but a dissertation proposal guided by this book will be thorough and conceptually useful as a road map for the dissertation itself.

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  2. B. Davis "Dr. MeMe" said,

    Wrote on June 28, 2012 @ 4:12 am

    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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    One of the most useful Dissertation guides!, August 4, 2008
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    This book is perfect for doctoral candidates in education who are preparing for their dissertation proposal. The book offers plenty of practical advise along with a guide to help you complete the process. It explains small details that committee members and other professors may overlook or forget to mention. This is truly a great “WORKBOOK” and road map.

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  3. Meredith Alleruzzo "Meredith Alleruzzo" said,

    Wrote on June 28, 2012 @ 4:55 am

    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    Excellent resource, December 12, 2010
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    Meredith Alleruzzo “Meredith Alleruzzo” (Pasadena, CA USA) –
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    Although this was a required textbook for a doctoral program, I’d recommend it as a supplementary text for anyone writing a dissertation proposal.

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