Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation offers comprehensive step-by-step guidance and practical tools for navigating the personal and professional challenges that can arise during the qualitative dissertation journey. Authors Linda Dale Bloomberg and Maria Volpe skillfully blend the conceptual, theoretical, and practical, empowering readers to successfully master both the content and the process of their qualitative dissertations.
The Fourth Edition has been thoroughly updated to respond to developments in the field, allowing the book to have wider application for dissertation work within the evolving world of qualitative inquiry. Included in this edition is a new chapter titled “Achieving Alignment Throughout Your Dissertation,” a greater focus on how all qualitative traditions can encompass activist research and social justice inquiry, and enhanced coverage on the role of the researcher, emphasizing the importance of reflexivity and approaching research critically.
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About the Author
Linda Dale Bloomberg, lead author, is former adjunct faculty and dissertation advisor in
adult learning and leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. As senior researcher
for the South African Human Sciences Research Council and National Institute for Personnel
Research, Dr. Bloomberg’s work focused on change management, diversity initiatives, and
enhanced workplace learning. She currently develops curriculum for qualitative research in
graduate programs, serves as dissertation chair and subject matter expert, and also serves as
consultant to various research, higher education, and nonprofit advisory boards. She is founder
of Bloomberg Associates and ILIAD (Institute for Learning Innovations and Adult Development)
and a cofounder of Columbia University’s Global Learning and Leadership Institute. She
has authored and edited numerous publications in the fields of organizational evaluation, qualitative
research, leadership development, adult learning, and distance education. Dr. Bloomberg
is a contributor to the recently published Sage Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement,
and Evaluation (2018), and is currently working on Executive Coaching: Supporting Adult
Development and Implications for Learning and Leadership. Dr. Bloomberg holds master’s degrees
in counseling psychology, organizational psychology, and education. In 2006, she received her
doctorate in adult education and organizational learning from Columbia University.
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 informal learning in the workplace. She received her master’s in organizational psychology and doctorate in adult education from Columbia University.
Table of Contents
List of TablesList of FiguresList of AppendicesPrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorsPART I. TAKING CHARGE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR WORK1. A Complete Dissertation: The Big Picture Objectives Overview Front Matter Dissertation Chapters Back Matter Evaluating the Quality of a Qualitative Dissertation2. Gearing Up: There Is Method in the Madness Objectives Overview Identifying and Developing a Researchable Topic Selecting and Forming Your Dissertation Committee Stakeholder Responsibility and Standards of Good Practice Organizing and Managing Your Project3. Choosing a Qualitative Research Approach Objectives Overview The History of Qualitative Research Defining Features of Qualitative Research Knowledge Claims The Role of the Qualitative Researcher The Current Landscape of Qualitative Inquiry Qualitative Research Methodology (Genres or Traditions) Moving Forward With Your Chosen Qualitative Methodology Annotated Bibliography4. Developing Your Research Proposal Objectives Overview Proposal Components Guidelines for Academic Writing Integrity Matters Institutional Review Board Approval Annotated Bibliography5. Achieving Alignment Throughout Your Dissertation Objectives Overview Research Problem and Research Approach Research Problem and Research Purpose Research Problem, Research Purpose, and Research Questions Research Problem, Research Purpose, and Research Methodology (Qualitative Genre or Tradition) Research Methodology and Research Methods Research Problem and Literature Review Literature Review and Theoretical/Conceptual Framework Theoretical/Conceptual Framework, Research Questions, and Research Findings Research Methodology, Research Design, and Data Analysis Research Methodology, Research Design, and Presentation of Findings Research Findings, Interpretations, and Conclusions Conclusions and Recommendations Chapter Summary Annotated Bibliography Part I: Summary and DiscussionPART II. CONTENT AND PROCESS: A CHAPTER-BY-CHAPTER ROAD MAP6. Introduction to Your Study Objectives Overview Section I: Instruction Reflexive Questions for Chapter 1: Introduction to the Study Chapter Summary Discussion Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist Section II: Application Annotated Bibliography7. Developing and Presenting Your Literature Review Objectives Overview Section I: Instruction Reflexive Questions for Chapter 2: Literature Review Chapter Summary Discussion Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist Section II: Application Annotated Bibliography8. Presenting Methodology and Research Approach Objectives Overview Section I: Instruction Reflexive Questions for Chapter 3: Methodology Chapter Summary Discussion Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist Section II: Application Annotated Bibliography9. Analyzing Data and Reporting Findings Objectives Overview Section I: Instruction Reflexive Questions for Chapter 4: Analyzing Data and Reporting Findings Chapter Summary Discussion Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist Section II: Application Annotated Bibliography10. Analyzing, Interpreting, and Synthesizing Findings Objectives Overview Section I: Instruction Reflexive Questions for Chapter 5: Analyzing and Interpreting Findings Chapter Summary Discussion Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist Section II: Application Annotated Bibliography11. Drawing Trustworthy Conclusions and Presenting Actionable Recommendations Objectives Overview Section I: Instruction Reflexive Questions for Chapter 6: Drawing Trustworthy Conclusions and Presenting Actionable Recommendations Chapter Summary Discussion Quality Assessment Chapter Checklist Section II: Application Part II: Summary and DiscussionPART III. NEARING COMPLETION12. Some Final Technical Considerations Objectives Overview Revisiting the Importance of Alignment Crafting a Title Writing the Abstract Assembling the Manuscript Proofreading and Editing Quality Assessment Checklist for Your Complete Dissertation: All Together Now!13. Defense Preparation and Beyond Objectives Overview Pre-Defense Preparation Post-Defense Preparation Annotated Bibliography Part III: Summary and DiscussionAfterwordAppendicesReferencesAuthor IndexSubject Index