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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Overview

Graduate students often struggle with turning qualitative research projects into a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation because the research itself is inherently messy. Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Roadmap From Beginning to End, Second Edition helps address that challenge. Linda Dale Bloomberg and Marie Volpe have distilled decades of experience of dissertation advisement and successful doctoral defenses into this highly practical reference for graduate students. They focus on finding and articulating a clear research problem, purpose, and questions; laying out a research design that will lead to gathering the right kind of data and support the right kind of analysis; and writing up and defending the study. To help, they provide working tools, an integrative summary discussion at the end of each chapter, comprehensive checkists, and an annotated bibliography in each chapter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781544336527
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 11/30/2018
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 1,106,191
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
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Part I. Taking Charge of Yourself and Your Work
Chapter 1. A Complete Dissertation: The Big Picture
Chapter 2. Gearing Up: There is Method in the Madness
Chapter 3. Choosing a Qualitative Research Approach
Chapter 4. A First Step: Developing Your Proposal
Part II. Content and Process: A Chapter-By-Chapter Road Map
Chapter 5. Introduction to Your Study
Chapter 6. Developing and Presenting Your Literature Review
Chapter 7. Presenting Methodology and Research Approach
Chapter 8. Analyzing Data and Reporting Findings
Chapter 9. Analyzing and Interpreting Findings
Chapter 10. Drawing Trustworthy Conclusions and Presenting Actionable Recommendations
Part III. Nearing Completion
Chapter 11. Some Final Technical Considerations
Chapter 12. Defense Preparation
Afterword
Appendices
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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