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Dissertation

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The following is a typical step-by-step process engaged by most students in the development of a dissertation.  Your particular process might vary somewhat.

 

The Dissertation Process 

The Proposal Stage (Chapters 1, 2 & 3) 

Select a broad topic of interest

Do a background literature review to see what is known about the broad topic

Identify potential “gaps” in the literature

Formulate a broad, level 1 research question

Continue and complete a rough draft of Chapter 2 with a focused literature review around the level 1 research question

Determine the dissertation’s theoretical base

Develop level 2 research question(s)

Determine the research approach (qualitative or quantitative) that complements the level 2 question(s)

Make preliminary decisions regarding the various sections of chapter 1

Write and complete a rough draft of chapter 1

Revise chapter 2 rough draft to reflect all points made in chapter 1

Make decisions regarding chapter 3

Begin searching for Committee Chair and members

Write and complete a rough draft of chapter 3

Revise and prepare final draft of chapters 1, 2, and 3

---Complete and successfully pass preliminary examination---

Schedule and present an oral defense of the dissertation proposal

Modify/make changes to proposal as directed by committee

 

The Dissertation Stage (Chapters 4 & 5)

 

Submit IRB paperwork for approval of the proposal

Recruit participants/identify sources of data

Collect data Analyze data

Write results of findings (chapter 4)

Write discussion/implications of findings (chapter 5)

Revise and prepare final draft of chapters 1-5

Schedule and present an oral defense of the dissertation

Modify/make changes to dissertation as directed by committee

Submit final dissertation draft to the department and subsequent reviews at the college and graduate college levels