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Writing the Qualitative Dissertation: Understanding by Doing Paperback – July 3, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0805832891 ISBN-10: 0805832890 Edition: 2nd

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A fine update and expansion of the original volume....All inquirers struggle with common questions. What am I writing? Who am I writing for? How am I supposed to write this? Why should I do it anyhow? This book reveals the experiences of novice researchers as they grapple with these questions on their journeys through particular inquiries....In this second edition novices' concerns are conceptual as well as logistical. Meloy demonstrates how research is political, social, cultural, and personal, as well as theoretical and practical. Her participants provide insights into both the challenges and the satisfactions of qualitative inquiry....In addition to being an empathetic representation of novice inquiry, it is also a fine instructional guide. Its organization and focus convey the crucial decision points in research with examples of how people have made those decisions. It is a fine supplement to those textbooks that discuss decision alternatives but offer less guidance to threading a way through them.

Judith Preissle
University of Georgia

For graduate students seeking advice on the art and science of preparing a dissertation, this book offers a medley of testimonials to the process as part rite of passage, part finding one's voice, part bildungs roman, part socio-political act, part intellectual adventure.
Thomas A. Schwandt
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Psychology Press; 2 edition (July 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805832890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805832891
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By praxishabitus on October 14, 2001
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Great overview of the "feel" in doing a qualitative dissertation. Good bibliography that gets you in the right direction. Don't expect too much methodological depth -- just several very honest people talking about the process from start to finish. I found it very helpful for me right now (I have a topic and will be defending my proposal in a month). If you are at this stage, highly recommended.
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