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Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process 4ed

by Kjell Erik Rudestam and Rae R Newton SAGE Publications, Inc
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Using examples from a wide range of disciplines, the text covers: selecting a suitable topic; conducting a literature review; managing data overload; building an argument; presenting the material, data, and results; and working with faculty committees. The entire text has been updated and fresh examples have been added to it. This edition features an up-to-the-minute discussion of online research and the use of software packages. The authors have expanded their coverage of qualitative work, and added information about the use of mixed methods to the book.

Part I: Getting Started
Chapter 1: The Research Process
Chapter 2: Selecting a Suitable Topic
Chapter 3: Methods of Inquiry: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
PART II: Working with the Content: The Dissertation Chapters
Chapter 4: Literature Review and Statement of the Problem
Chapter 5: The Method Chapter: Describing Your Research Plan
Chapter 6: Presenting the Results of Quantitative Studies
Chapter 7: Presenting the Results of Qualitative Research
Chapter 8: Discussion
PART III: Working with Process: What You Need to Know to Make the Dissertation Easier
Chapter 9: Overcoming Barriers: Becoming an Expert While Controlling Your Own Destiny
Chapter 10: Writing
Chapter 11: How to Complete Your Dissertation Using Online Data Access and Collection
Chapter 12: Guidelines for the Presentation of Numbers in the Dissertation
Chapter 13: Informed Consent and Other Ethical Concerns

“The text is well organized.…It includes chapters on the presentation of both quantitative and qualitative results which are particularly welcome in PhD programs that value paradigmatic diversity and do not expect students to conform to the assumptions of a single paradigm such as positivism.”

Kjell Erik Rudestam is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California. He was previously Professor of Psychology at York University, Toronto. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Oregon. He is also author of Surviving Your Dissertation, 3rd ed. (also with Rae Newton), Handbook of Online Learning (with Judith Schoenholtz-Read), and seven other books, as well as numerous articles in professional journals on topics including suicide, psychotherapy, and family and organizational systems. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 12), a Diplomate of the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology (Clinical), and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

Rae R. Newton is Professor of Sociology Emeritus at California State University Fullerton. He recently joined the faculty of the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University where he serves as a research consultant and statistical advisor to doctoral students and faculty. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and completed postdoctoral training in mental health measurement at Indiana University. His primary interests include longitudinal modeling of outcomes for high risk youth and foster care populations, family violence and graduate educaton. He is author, with Kjell Erik Rudestam, of Surviving Your dissertation: A comprehensive Guide to Content and Process, now in its third edition. In semi-retirement he enjoys traveling with his wife in their RV and surfing throughout Mexico and Central America.