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How to Design, Write, and Present a Successful Dissertation Proposal

How to Design, Write, and Present a Successful Dissertation Proposal

October 2013 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This provides graduate students in the social and behavioural sciences with the specific set of skills needed to write a successful dissertation proposal.

It gives guidance for the whole process, from introducing the role of the advisor and helping students narrow down their area of specialization, to assisting them with identifying their research question. Helpful advice on reading, the literature review, writing, defining the research question, and methods are provided. The book includes a substantive chapter on the proposal itself, followed by guidance on giving an oral presentation.

There are also skill-building activities within each chapter to help the student create each section of the proposal.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Ethics
Chapter 3: Curriculum Vita
Chapter 4: Area of Specialization
Chapter 5: Effective Reading
Chapter 6: Effective Writing
Chapter 7: Literature Review
Chapter 8: The Academic Village
Chapter 9: Conceptualizing a Research Idea
Chapter 10: Problem Statement
Chapter 11: Research Methods
Chapter 12: Research Proposal
Chapter 13: Oral Presentations
Chapter 14: Next Steps

“Excellent book for a doctoral and/or orientation program.”

Nydia Cummings
Nova Southeastern University

“The inclusion of the author’s personal anecdotes brings the text to the student in a friendly manner.”

Anne J. Hacker
Walden University

“The activities to help students conceptualize the major elements of an effective proposal will be well received by graduate students at the master’s and doctoral levels.”

David L Brown
Texas A&M University

“After reading MANY books on the dissertation process, I was still as confused and frustrated as before reading them, as they were not very helpful. Most of them just broadly mention the content of the chapters without going into details. Fortunately, I came across the reference for your book, How to Design, Write and Present a Successful Dissertation Proposal. I was amazed. I am gaining so much insight on the process of writing the proposal. I like your approach in this book. In addition to your very clear explanation of the process and suggestions, the To Do List, Quick Task and Action Item are great guides in helping me to think through what I am doing.”

Monica B. – Graduate Student

This is a great text for geography graduate students. It provided the framework for my graduate course on research and writing and is a great source for class exercises that I successfully implemented in my course.

Dr James Tamerius
Geography Dept, University Of Iowa
October 2, 2014

I teach a methods course for doctoral students. This book was very appropriate for students this semester.

Arijit Sen
Architecture Dept, Univ Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
April 9, 2014

Practical and helpful for students moving into dissertation stage

Dr Norma Hedin
School of Leadership, Dallas Baptist University
April 2, 2014

Elizabeth A. Wentz

Elizabeth A. Wentz is the Director for the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, a professor of geography and planning, and a member of the Executive Committee of the GeoDa Center at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on the design, implementation, and evalua­tion of geographic technologies with a particular emphasis on applying these tools to study and understand the urban environment. She has authored numerous research articles and book chapters and has served on panels for the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and other national and international agencies. More About Author

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