Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Road Map From Beginning to End

Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Road Map From Beginning to End

by Linda Dale Bloomberg, Marie F. Volpe

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ISBN-13: 9781544336527
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 11/30/2018
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 980,352
Product dimensions: 7.38(w) x 9.12(h) x (d)

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 Tables
List of Figures
List of Appendices
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
PART I. TAKING CHARGE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR WORK
1. A Complete Dissertation: The Big Picture
Objectives
Overview
Front Matter
Dissertation Chapters
Back Matter
Evaluating the Quality of a Qualitative Dissertation
2. 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 Project
3. 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 Bibliography
4. Developing Your Research Proposal
Objectives
Overview
Proposal Components
Guidelines for Academic Writing
Integrity Matters
Institutional Review Board Approval
Annotated Bibliography
5. 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 Discussion
PART II. CONTENT AND PROCESS: A CHAPTER-BY-CHAPTER ROAD MAP
6. 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 Bibliography
7. 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 Bibliography
8. 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 Bibliography
9. 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 Bibliography
10. 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 Bibliography
11. 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 Discussion
PART III. NEARING COMPLETION
12. 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 Discussion
Afterword
Appendices
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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