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Writing Your Doctoral Dissertation
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A Proven Map to Success
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Polishing Your Proposal
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9. Are you and your proposal prepared for defence?

  1. 1. Writing Your Doctoral Dissertation or Thesis Faster A Proven Map to Success by E. Alana James and Tracesea Slater Are You and Your Proposal Prepared for Defense?
  2. 2. Polishing Your Proposal
  3. 3. •  Abstracts –  Guidelines/Template from Scientific Research 1. The purpose of this study was . . . 2. The scope (or population) of the study was . . . 3. The methodology used (include data collection and analysis) . . . 4. Findings from the study show . . . 5. Conclusions reached . . . 6. Significance of the study is . . . 7. It contributes to the literature . . . •  Preparing Your Slides
  4. 4. Getting Ready for a Live Defense
  5. 5. •  The  Defense  From  the  Professor’s  Point  of  View     •  Set  Yourself  up  for  Success     •  Building  on  a  Solid  Founda=on     •  The  Two  Approaches  to  Reading  a  Disserta=on  or  Thesis     •  Comments  and  Revisions    
  6. 6. Relationships: Your Advisor and Committee Members
  7. 7. •  Moving Past Issues to Greater Support –  Choose a committee wisely –  Not Supportive? –  Lack of Timely Feedback –  Does Not Give Instruction •  Moving Past Issues to Greater Support –  Reengaging, Especially if You Have Been Away From the Process for a While –  Handling Criticism •  Before You Go into Defense of Proposal •  After You Have Received Difficult Criticism
  8. 8. Ethical Review •  It  is  at  the  =me  of  the  defense  of  proposal  that  doctoral  students   are  first  trained  in  and  then  make  applica=on  to  their  universi=es   ethical  review  board.     –  Inves=gate  university  guidelines   –  Talk  to  students  who  have  recently  passed  defense  and  are   collec=ng  data   –  Ask  your  advising  professors  for  specific  guidelines   –  Know  what  you  are  geIng  into  before  you  have  to  face  it  
  9. 9. Things to Do During and After Your Defense of a Dissertation Proposal
  10. 10. •  Step  1:  Ask  Your  CommiLee  What  Specific  Things  They’ll   Look  for  in  Your  Analysis  of  Data     •  Step  2:  Take  Good  Notes/Journal  Your  Data  Collec=on  and   Analysis  Procedure   •  Step  3:  Send  Preliminary  Data  Analysis  and  Findings     •  Step  4:  Keep  Asking  Ques=ons  Un=l  You’re  Sure  You   Understand  What  Others  See  in  Your  Data     •  Step  5:  Read  All  the  Disserta=ons  You  Can  That  Model   Your  Methodology    
  11. 11. Where  Should  I  Go  to  Dig  Deeper?     Suggested  Resources  to  Consider     •  Brause,  R.  S.  (2000).  Wri$ng  your  doctoral  disserta$on:  Invisible  rules  for  success.  London:  Routledge   Falmer.  Pages  133  through  142  contain  a  detailed  discussion  of  the  defense  process,  including   ques=ons  frequently  asked  during  an  oral  defense.     •  Garson,  G.  D.  (2002).  Guide  to  wri$ng  empirical  papers,  theses,  and  disserta$ons.  New  York:  Marcel   Dekker.  Pages  290  through  307  offer  further  discussion  of  choosing  a  commiLee,  providing  a  checklist   for  the  proposal  hearing  and  a  discussion  of  the  defense  from  the  perspec=ve  of  a  university  built  on   the  European  model.     •  Mauch,  J.  E.,  &  Park,  N.  (2003).  Guide  to  the  successful  thesis  and  disserta$on:  A  handbook  for   students  and  faculty.  New  York:  Marcel  Dekker.  Pages  143  through  198  build  on  the  discussion  by   Garson,  adding  func=ons  of  the  commiLee  and  assessment  guidelines  to  which  you  may  be   responsible.     •  Roberts,  C.  M.  (2004).  The  disserta$on  journey.  Thousand  Oaks,  CA:  Corwin  Press  (pp.  184–191);   GlaLhorn,  A.  A.,  &  Joyner,  R.  L.  (2005).  Wri$ng  the  winning  thesis  or  disserta$on:  A  step-­‐by-­‐step  guide   (2nd  ed.).  Thousand  Oaks,  CA:  Corwin  Press  (pp.  221_226).  Both  of  these  books  have  scenarios  as  to   what  to  expect  from  a  defense  at  a  university  using  the  model  most  common  in  the  United  States.     •  Western,  S.  (2012).  Coaching  and  mentoring:  A  cri$cal  text  (1st  ed.).  Thousand  Oaks,  CA:  Sage.  This   gives  both  advisor  and  student  an  excellent  and  academic  view  of  the  poten=al  of  this  rela=onship.  

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