How to Prepare a Dissertation Proposal: Suggestions for Students in Education and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Syracuse University Press, 2005 - Education - 289 pages
"What are the core elements of a strong proposal?" "How can I accent the strengths of my study design? "How can computer use facilitate my literature review?" "What is the best way to get my proposal reviewed and approved?" You will find the answers to these and other key issues in this unique "assembly manual" for crafting a complete and convincing dissertation proposal. Three extensively annotated proposals of former students provide examples of the guidance offered and illustrate common types of studies. Whether you study best by example, review, memorization, or problem solving, this book's format enables you to follow your own pace and style. This is no ordinary step-by-step guide. The authors begin by identifying and defining the basics of a dissertation proposal. With careful consideration, they explore proposal functions and parts, show how to build your study's chain of reasoning, and carefully review alternate study designs. Chapters are devoted to qualitative studies: (sectioned into case studies, philosophical, and historical investigations); quantitative studies: (sectioned into experimental, causal modeling, and meta-analysis studies); and mixed-method studies: (sectioned into: sample survey, evaluation, development, and demonstration and action projects).

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This is no cookbook but it does have some really good information. I didnt feel like the samples were all that helpful. This is not the endall beall book but maybe one doesnt exist. Im not sorry I bought it. Read full review


What Is a Proposal?
The Functions of a Dissertation Proposal
The Proposal as a Chain of Reasoning

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Krathwohl is Hannah Hammond Professor of Education, Emeritus, School of Education, Syracuse University.

Nick L. Smith is Professor in the School of Education at Syracuse University and a past president of the American Evaluation Association. The primary focus of his writings is the nature of applied field research and evaluation methods, and the theory of evaluation. Paul R. Brandon is Professor of Education and Director of the Program Research and Evaluation Office at Curriculum Research and Development Group, University of Hawaii at Manoa. His current scholarly interests include the evaluation of program implementation and standard setting in evaluations.

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