Proposals that work: a guide for planning dissertations and grant proposals

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Sage, 2000 - Education - 350 pages
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Previous editions of this best-selling book have helped over 100,000 students and professionals write effective proposals for dissertations and grants. The expanded Fourth Edition successfully covers all aspects of the proposal process, from the most basic questions about form and style to the task of seeking funding. The authors update their previous work with: a discussion of the effects of new technologies and the Internet on the proposal process; a new chapter on funding for student research; a totally revised chapter on qualitative research; and two completely new specimen proposals.

Clear, accessible and reader-friendly the book provides both practical advice for the would-be writer and lengthy examples that show how effective proposal writing can be done.

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The Habit of Truth
From Selecting a Topic
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Lawrence F. Locke is Professor Emeritus of Education and Physical Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A native of Connecticut, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Springfield College and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has written extensively on the production and utilization of research on teaching and teacher education. As a teacher, graduate advisor, and consultant, he has supervised many student research projects. He continues to have an active interest in the use of the qualitative research paradigm for the study of teachers, teaching, and teacher development. He makes his home in Sunderland, Massachusetts, and, with his wife, Professor Lorraine Goyette (Elms College), he spends part of each year writing, running, and exploring the Beartooth and Crazy Mountains at Sky Ranch in Reed Point, Montana. In addition, he maintains a Web site devoted to the support and dissemination of research on curriculum, teaching, teacher preparation, and in-service teacher development for the subject area of public school physical education at


Waneen Wyrick Spirduso is the Mauzy Regents Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a native of Austin and holds bachelor and doctoral degrees from The University of Texas and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research focuses on the effects of aging and the mechanisms of motor control. She has been a prolific contributor to the research literature and has authored textbooks related to research methods and aging. She has taught research methods and directed student research for more than three decades and has received numerous research grants from the federal government and foundations. Professor Spirduso, who is an avid golfer and rower, lives with her husband, Craig Spirduso, in Austin, Texas. Her Web site is


Stephen J. Silverman is Professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a native of Philadelphia and holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University, a master’s degree from Washington State University, and a doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His research focuses on teaching and learning in physical education and on the methods for conducting research in field settings. He has authored numerous research articles and chapters and is coauthor of a number of books. He is an experienced research consultant, has directed graduate students, and has, for many years, taught classes in research methods, statistics, and measurement. Professor Silverman, who enjoys running, aquatic sports, and following politics, lives with his wife, Patricia Moran, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. His Web site is