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Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Roadmap From Beginning to End annotated edition Edition

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About the Author

Linda Dale Bloomberg is former adjunct faculty in adult learning and leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. As senior researcher for the South African Human Sciences Research Council and National Institute for Personnel Research, Dr. Bloomberg’s work focused on change management, diversity initiatives, and enhanced workplace learning. She currently teaches qualitative research in graduate programs, serves as dissertation advisor, and also serves as consultant to various research, higher education, and nonprofit advisory boards. She is founder of Bloomberg Associates and ILIAD (Institute for Learning Innovations and Adult Development), and a cofounder of Columbia University’s Global Learning and Leadership Institute. She has authored and edited numerous publications in the fields of organizational evaluation, qualitative research, leadership development, adult learning, and distance education, including 100 Questions (and Answers) About a Qualitative Dissertation (Sage, 2016). She is currently working on Executive Coaching: Supporting Adult Development and Implications for Learning and Leadership. Dr. Bloomberg holds master’s degrees in counseling psychology, organizational psychology, and Jewish education. In 2006 she received her doctorate in adult education and organizational learning from Columbia University.



Marie Volpe is adjunct faculty in adult learning and leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she teaches dissertation seminars and serves as advisor to doctoral candidates. She conducts workshops for teachers in Mongolia and lectures on qualitative research methods at Suzhou University, China. After a career spanning thirty-five years with Exxon Corporation, where she held the position of manager of education and development, Dr. Volpe embarked on a second career in higher education, in which she has practiced for the past twenty years. She has contributed to publications in the areas of staff development and informal learning in the workplace. She received her master’s in organizational psychology and doctorate in adult education from Columbia University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; annotated edition edition (January 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141295651X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412956512
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julia A. Sloan on October 30, 2007
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Bloomberg and Volpe have written a refreshingly pragmatic, must-read text that is geared toward getting doctoral students back on the fast track to completing their qualitative dissertations. They expertly unveil the shroud of mysticism that surrounds the process of writing a qualitative dissertation by writing in a succinct, straightforward manner, providing concrete examples, and offering ample practical advice and hope. The ideas presented are extraordinarily clear and simple, yet comprehensive in breadth and profound in depth -- precisely what's needed to complete a qualitative dissertation. I highly recommend this book to every dissertation advisor and student!
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The most daunting thing about doing a dissertation is that its both a mammoth task and a brand new one at the same time. I found this book incredibly helpful because it provided practical, seasoned advice in a way that helped me move forward, one step at a time, chapter by chapter. It provided the guidance I needed to remove the uncertainty and doubt that can be so paralyzing at times. They've obviously helped many people get their doctorate, and now I'm one of them!
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I couldn't have done my dissertation without this book. I had the most amazing adviser, but she couldn't be at my side the whole time - ha - but this book was. The writing is clear and concise, and the road map approach highly effective. I've recommended it to a few friends, who all love it as much as I did. It works wonders, really, and helped keep me focused through to the end. I did my dissertation/PhD in education/literacy, but a friend in med anthro found the book to be invaluable, just like I did.
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This book is a great source for anyone working on a qualitative dissertation. I wish I would have bought it a year ago!
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Drs. Bloomberg and Volpe have produced a masterful resource that is a "must have" for anyone tackling the mysterious and often overwhelming task of writing their dissertation proposal. This book has given me the confidence to tackle the next steps knowing that I can turn to it for helpful advice. Written clearly and succinctly, the authors lay out the process step-by-step, in small chunks. The examples, helpful hints, and sample document provided a roadmap to follow, section-by-section and chapter-by-chapter. The references provided are valuable, too. With my now well-worn and dog-eared copy alongside my APA Manual, the proposal emerged as a clear, cogent, and concise document. Kudos and thanks for demystifying the process! The graduation rate of doctoral candidates is sure to rise with this guide by your side.
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I only wish Volpe and Bloomberg's "road map," had been available years ago when someone very close to me was making his way through what can be a most daunting process. I have just purchased a copy for a friend who will soon be going through the process, and I am certain he will make good use of my gift!
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As a quantitative research attempting a doctoral study using qualitative methods, I was at a real loss. This text filled that gap! The examples and chapters are excellent for bringing understanding of how a qualitative dissertation should flow, but don't expect the text to be sufficient for your own dissertation. The examples give a framework and an example, but are not intended to be all inclusive. However, using this text, I was able to outline and understand exactly how the proposal and dissertation should flow, which enabled me to finish the proposal early! A great text for understanding the process.
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This was one of the three books that served as bibles for me during my dissertation writing. The methods and sections are clearly spelled out, and this book gave me a roadmap (as the title says) to completing my dissertation (which I successfully defended November 2013). The book had checklists and provided me with details that my advisors were pleased with. I felt like there was advice in this book that, if I hadn't have gotten them from this book, I'd be stumbling over.

Very practical, straight forward, complete, comprehensive, and helped make a huge, daunting task like my dissertation easier to complete.

I suggest this book for anyone who wants to write their dissertation. You'll have it open through the entire process.
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