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How to Design, Write, and Present a Successful Dissertation Proposal

How to Design, Write, and Present a Successful Dissertation Proposal

December 2013 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This provides graduate students in the social and behavioural sciences with the specific set of skills needed to write a successful dissertation proposal.

It gives guidance for the whole process, from introducing the role of the advisor and helping students narrow down their area of specialization, to assisting them with identifying their research question. Helpful advice on reading, the literature review, writing, defining the research question, and methods are provided. The book includes a substantive chapter on the proposal itself, followed by guidance on giving an oral presentation.

There are also skill-building activities within each chapter to help the student create each section of the proposal.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Ethics
Chapter 3: Curriculum Vita
Chapter 4: Area of Specialization
Chapter 5: Effective Reading
Chapter 6: Effective Writing
Chapter 7: Literature Review
Chapter 8: The Academic Village
Chapter 9: Conceptualizing a Research Idea
Chapter 10: Problem Statement
Chapter 11: Research Methods
Chapter 12: Research Proposal
Chapter 13: Oral Presentations
Chapter 14: Next Steps

This is a great text for geography graduate students. It provided the framework for my graduate course on research and writing and is a great source for class exercises that I successfully implemented in my course.

Dr James Tamerius
Geography Dept, University Of Iowa
October 2, 2014

I teach a methods course for doctoral students. This book was very appropriate for students this semester.

Arijit Sen
Architecture Dept, Univ Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
April 9, 2014

Practical and helpful for students moving into dissertation stage

Dr Norma Hedin
School of Leadership, Dallas Baptist University
April 2, 2014

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