Perfect for graduate students as well as behavioral and social scientists who supervise and conduct research!
In the fully updated Fourth Edition of their best-selling guide, Surviving Your Dissertation, Kjell Erik Rudestam and Rae R. Newton answer questions concerning every stage of the dissertation process, including
- selecting a suitable topic,
- conducting a literature review,
- developing a research question,
- understanding the role of theory,
- selecting an appropriate methodology and research design,
- analyzing data, and
- interpreting and presenting results.
In addition, this must-have guide covers topics that other dissertation guides often miss, such as the many types of quantitative and qualitative research models available, the principles of good scholarly writing, how to work with committees, how to meet IRB and ethical standards, and how to overcome task and emotional blocks. With plenty of current examples, the new edition features an expanded discussion of online research, data collection and analysis, and the use of data archives, as well as expanded coverage of qualitative methods and added information on mixed methods.
This new edition has:
Updated the information on: the selection of an appropriate research topic, the review of the literature, the description of the methodology and research design, the collection and analysis of data, and the interpretation, presentation, and discussion of the results and implications of the study.
Replaced older references with newer, more contemporary ones, including many new dissertation examples.
Added significant new content.
Discussed that the traditional null hypothesis significance testing model is being challenged and augmented by an emphasis on clinical or practical significance with measures of effect size and confidence intervals. Have explained and illustrated this new approach to the presentation of statistical results.
Acknowledged an emerging emphasis on theoretical "models" and the influence of model-building on the design and presentation of research. Provided several examples of studies that incorporate this approach.
Expanded discussion of the Internet as a source of data, an opportunity for data collection, and a vehicle for data analysis, together with recommendations for potentially helpful websites and software programs that may be unfamiliar to the average reader.
Acknowledged the parallel expansion of available data sources in all their varied forms, including data archives, social media, and what is currently known as "big data."
Expanded the sections on qualitative and multimodal methods of research that have an inductive, theory-building focus.
Explained and illustrated the concepts with new tables and figures, and, in many cases provided very specific details for how to incorporate them into a research study.