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Writing a Proposal for Your Dissertation: Guidelines and Examples Paperback – November 11, 2015
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"My eyes were starting to glass over late one night as I was trying to complete the required reading for a class--until I started reading this book. The straightforward writing style and examples were a breath of fresh air. Heck, I even chuckled out loud a few times. In sum, I went from 'My goodness, what have I gotten myself in for,' to 'Thank goodness, I can actually relate to this stuff!'"--Peter Wiernicki, first-year doctoral student in Educational Leadership, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island
"Many students flounder in the process of writing a dissertation proposal. Terrell's book treats in depth what other works on writing a dissertation dispatch in a few paragraphs. He recognizes not only the importance but also the complexity of writing the problem statement and other elements of the proposal, and provides students with expert guidance in how to capture precisely a study's importance within a defined scope. Terrell's insights are wise and on target; students will find them to be of great value."--Steven D. Zink, PhD, Vice Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education
“This book demystifies the entire dissertation proposal process, and is particularly helpful in the area of considering and refining a research problem. A major strength is the way Terrell clarifies the process by analyzing numerous topics in terms of their problem statement, purpose statement, and research question."--Frederick J. Brigham, PhD, Special Education Program, George Mason University
"A valuable resource for my introductory research methods course. This text strikes the perfect balance between substance and practicality. It serves as an excellent supplement to the other required methods texts, and I intend to include it on the textbook list for all my future research courses."--Felice D. Billups, EdD, Professor, Educational Leadership Doctoral Program, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island
“The style is accessible and conversational; perfect for apprehensive doctoral students who need a broad overview of the proposal process. I like the way the purpose statement is broken down into variables, participants, and location; this will be helpful to students.”--Susan Troncoso Skidmore, PhD, Department of Educational Leadership, Sam Houston State University
“Informative and easy to read. Terrell offers a succinct introduction to all the parts of a typical doctoral proposal--introduction, background literature review, and methods--and presents a range of examples for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches. The book provides a very useful perspective on different methodological approaches and how they fit into the doctoral proposal.”--Paul Vincent, PhD, Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences, Valdosta State University
"I just sent an email to 73 of my advisees and dissertation chairs/committee members recommending they purchase Writing A Proposal For Your Dissertation. I plan to continue recommending the book to incoming students during each Residency weekend as a valuable resource. My doctoral students are going to benefit greatly! My committee members will benefit as well."--Kelly Brock-Simmons, PhD, College of Education, Brenau University
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For the longest time, I was looking for a book that would explain the dissertation process in simple terms, and with examples. I wasn't looking for a children's book (!), but I was tired of lectures and writings by Yoda-like professors who vaguely described the process. In school, I heard, "This topic is too broad." or "This is too narrow.", etc. I was very confused.
This book starts with the first chapter explaining exactly what makes a good research idea. The rest of the book explains how to structure the proposal. All of this is done in a down-to-earth, incredibly coherent and lucid writing. I actually enjoyed reading this book as much as I enjoyed reading my favorite genre fiction books. I love the writer's style.
I highly recommend this book to any graduate student.
This guide goes on forever and ever giving you a pat on your back about how hard it is to be a PhD student (poor us!) If you're writing your proposal, you've passed the point of no return; you just want your dissertation to be done. I bought a tiny book about how to write your dissertation in two semesters or less and it was more helpful than this one. It helped me write my proposal. Find it! I won't give you the full name of the book; you shall find it on your own, Harry!