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Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation

Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation
A Roadmap From Beginning to End

264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Completing your Qualitative Dissertation fills an important gap in the qualitative research literature by specifically addressing the fast-growing practice of qualitative postgraduate dissertations in colleges and universities throughout the world.

Many students struggle to complete qualitative research projects 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.

At the heart of the book is a series of chapters that models the typical progression of a dissertation. Each chapter is illustrated by examples that give the reader an understanding of what the actual write-up would look like. Emphasis throughout the book is on conceptual understanding as it relates to the practical aspects involved in navigating the dissertation process.

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Appendices
About the Authors
Part I. Taking Charge of Yourself and Your Work
Part II. Content and Process: A Chapter-By-Chapter Roadmap
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
6. Drawing Sound Conclusions and Presenting Actionable Recommendations
Part III. Nearing Completion: Some Final Considerations
Author Index
Subject Index

great book and my students are very pleased to have this book for guidance.

Dr Sylvia Mendez-Morse
Education Dept, Texas Technology University
January 18, 2012

This is an excellent book for students or researchers who are faced with writing up qualitative research for the first time. You are provided with useful insight into the construction of chapters and also given applied examples......very helpful.

Mrs Catriona Khamisha
Division of Occupational Therapy, Glasgow Caledonian University
November 12, 2011

This is an excellent primary or Secondary source for teaching research methods

Dr Chriss Foster
Social Behav Sci Ethn Stds Div, Merritt College
June 18, 2011

This book lays out the essential process for conducting and analysing a qualitative piece of research. It will be invaluable to any student who is embarking on this process.

Ms Jane Harris
Midwifery and Reproductive Health, Universtity of Chester
April 11, 2011

Linda Dale Bloomberg

Linda Dale Bloomberg, lead author, is former adjunct faculty and dissertation advisor inadult learning and leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. As senior researcherfor the South African Human Sciences Research Council and National Institute for PersonnelResearch, Dr. Bloomberg’s work focused on change management, diversity initiatives, andenhanced workplace learning. She currently develops curriculum for qualitative research ingraduate programs, serves as dissertation chair and subject matter expert, and also serves asconsultant to various research, higher education, and nonprofit advisory boards. She is founderof Bloomberg... More About Author

Marie F. Volpe

Marie Volpe is adjunct faculty in adult learning and leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she teaches dissertation seminars and serves as advisor to doctoral candidates. She conducts workshops for teachers in Mongolia and lectures on qualitative research methods at Suzhou University, China. After a career spanning thirty-five years with Exxon Corporation, where she held the position of manager of education and development, Dr. Volpe embarked on a second career in higher education, in which she has practiced for the past twenty years. She has contributed to publications in the areas of staff development and... More About Author

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