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Proposals That Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals [Paperback]

by Lawrence F. Locke, Waneen W. (Wyrick) Spirduso, Stephen J. Silverman
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February 13, 2007 1412924235 978-1412924238 5th
Previous editions of this bestseller have helped well over 100,000 students and professionals write effective proposals for dissertations and grants. Covering all aspects of the proposal process, from the most basic questions about form and style to the task of seeking funding, the Fifth Edition of Proposals That Work has been completely updated and revised to offer clear advice backed up with excellent examples.

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"I was familiar with an earlier (3rd) version of this text. I thought it was an excellent resource for graduate students and faculty mentoring graduate student researchers and/or grant writers. I was equally impressed with the 5th edition of this text and have recommended it to all faculty in both of the departments in which I teach research courses." (Dr. Lorraine Pearl-Kraus 2011-02-25)

About the Author

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. He has authored a number of books designed to assist non-specialists with the tasks of reading and understanding research. After many years residing in Sunderland, MA he now makes his home on Cape Cod, but with his wife, Professor Lorraine Goyette, he has spent much of each year writing, running, and exploring the Beartooth Mountains at Sky Ranch in Reed Point, MT.

Waneen Wyrick Spirduso is the Mauzy Regents Professor Emerita in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a native of Austin and holds bachelor’s 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 taught research methods and directed student research for more than four decades and has received numerous research grants from the federal government and foundations. She plays golf and rows, and lives with her husband, Craig Spirduso, in Austin, TX. Her website is

Stephen J. Silverman is Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences 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 methods for conducting research in field settings. He has authored numerous research articles and chapters, and is coauthor of a number of books. He has served as editor of two research journals, is an experienced research consultant, has directed graduate students, and has, for many years, taught classes in research methods, statistics, and measurement. He enjoys running, following politics, and aquatic sports, and lives with his wife, Patricia Moran, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. His website is:

Product Details

  • Series: Proposals That Work: A Guide for Planning
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 5th edition (February 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412924235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412924238
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Proposal Guide You Need December 29, 2002
As any graduate student will tell you acceptance onto a Ph.D program is largely based on submitting a successful proposal. Thereafter, as long as the researcher adheres to the proposal, graduation is virtually guaranteed. I am a Ph.D student who used the book to construct my proposal, which was summarily accepted by the research committee with minor changes. This appears to be contrary to what many Ph.D hopefuls experience. The book is expensive however I would highly recommend it. The proposal hurdle is well worth overcoming professionally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very practical April 2, 2013
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I am approaching my PhD proposal and am finding this book a very practical guide. I recommend it as one of your sources to guide your sources; make sure you check with your PhD supervisor and committee too!
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Another Master's text. This item arrived on time and is an excellent purchase.
I like it very much and am VERY glad I ordered it. Thank you so much for the great price, good value and prompt delivery. I use this item frequently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read for a class July 14, 2013
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Interesting read but most of the four assigned chapters were, more or less, common sense. This made the reading pretty dull.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Required text for course February 8, 2013
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This text was required by a professor in one of my graduate level courses. This has provided a helpful overview of the grant writing process and provided a framework from which I can work to develop skill in this area.
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