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Surviving Your Dissertation


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Part I: Getting Started Chapter 1: The Research Process Chapter 2: Selecting a Suitable Topic Chapter 3: Methods of Inquiry: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches PART II: Working with the Content: The Dissertation Chapters Chapter 4: Literature Review and Statement of the Problem Chapter 5: The Method Chapter: Describing Your Research Plan Chapter 6: Presenting the Results of Quantitative Studies Chapter 7: Presenting the Results of Qualitative Research Chapter 8: Discussion PART III: Working with Process: What You Need to Know to Make the Dissertation Easier Chapter 9: Overcoming Barriers: Becoming an Expert While Controlling Your Own Destiny Chapter 10: Writing Chapter 11: How to Complete Your Dissertation Using Online Data Access and Collection Chapter 12: Guidelines for the Presentation of Numbers in the Dissertation Chapter 13: Informed Consent and Other Ethical Concerns

About the Author

Kjell Erik Rudestam is Professor of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California, where he served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for many years. He was previously a psychology professor at York University, Toronto, and Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, after receiving his PhD in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Oregon. He is the author of Your Statistical Consultant: Answers to Your Data Analysis Questions, 2nd edition (also with Rae R. Newton), Handbook of Online Learning, 2nd edition (with Judith Schoenholtz-Read), and eight other books, as well as numerous articles in professional journals on topics including suicide, psychotherapy, and family and organizational systems. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 12), a Diplomate of the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology (Clinical), a Diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Science from The Professional School of Psychology. Rae R. Newton is Professor of Sociology Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton. He recently joined the faculty of the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University where he serves as a research consultant and statistical advisor to doctoral students and faculty. He received his PhD in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and completed postdoctoral training in mental health measurement at Indiana University. His primary interests include longitudinal modeling of outcomes for high risk youth and foster care populations, family violence and statistics education. He is author, with Kjell Erik Rudestam, of Your Statistical Consultant: Answers to Your Data Analysis Questions, now in its second edition and numerous articles in professional journals on topics including family violence, child maltreatment, and measurement. In semi-retirement he enjoys traveling with his wife in their RV and surfing throughout Mexico and Central America.


"This text provides a broad coverage, focused approach for dissertation, balanced approach between quantitative and qualitative designs, and excellent examples."

-- Udaya R. Wagle, Western Michigan University

"I wish this text was available when I was working on my dissertation as it would have demystified the process greatly!"

-- Anne J. Hacker, Walden University

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-- Bernie Kerr, Central Michigan University

"[S]traightforward, well-written, concise and not too cumbersome....gets to the root of what students need to know. I like the detailed explanations and examples for writing each section of the dissertation....The text explains and gives examples of how to write the methodology and the results. I also think the student suggestions are very helpful."

-- Kaye Pepper, University of Mississippi

"The text is well organized....It includes chapters on the presentation of both quantitative and qualitative results which are particularly welcome in PhD programs that value paradigmatic diversity and do not expect students to conform to the assumptions of a single paradigm such as positivism."

-- Karin Klenke, Leadership Development Institute (LDI) International

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