ERIC Number: ED500413
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan-24
Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Roadmap from Beginning to End
Bloomberg, Linda Dale; Volpe, Marie F.
SAGE Publications (CA)
This book fills an important gap in qualitative research literature by specifically addressing the fast-growing practice of qualitative master's studies and doctoral dissertations in colleges and universities throughout the world. Many students struggle with turning qualitative research projects into a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation because the research itself is inherently messy. To address this challenge, the authors have distilled decades of experience into a first-of-its-kind, highly practical reference for graduate students. This book offers "roadmaps" in the form of tables, figures, and matrices. These are intended as "working tools" to clarify thinking, and to organize and present data. The book presents an integrative summary discussion at the end of each chapter that highlights key concepts and issues raised in the chapter. It provides comprehensive checklists at the end of each chapter to review what has been accomplished before proceeding to the subsequent chapter. It includes an annotated bibliography in each chapter for easy referral to additional relevant sources. This book is a must-have resource for any student contemplating a qualitative research project, thesis, or dissertation, and equally valuable to researchers undertaking and writing up their qualitative research. The book divides into three parts. Part I is titled "Taking Charge of Yourself and Your Work." Part II, Content and Process: A Chapter-By-Chapter Roadmap, contains chapters: (1) Introduction to Your Study; (2) Developing and Presenting the Literature Review; (3) Presenting Methodology and Research Approach; (4) Analyzing Data and Reporting Findings; (5) Analyzing and Interpreting Findings; and (6) Drawing Sound Conclusions and Presenting Actionable Recommendations. Part III is titled "Nearing Completion: Some Final Considerations." The book also includes: tables; figures; foreword; preface; afterword; references; appendices; author index; and subject index.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Doctoral Dissertations, Literature Reviews, Guides, Data Analysis, Annotated Bibliographies, Check Lists, Masters Theses, Graduate Study, Research Reports, Research Projects
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Students; Researchers
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