This book covers the basics from A-Z needed to complete the dissertation for the EdD degree. It is meant to supplement your doctoral courses and other resources, such as in-depth educational texts and software relating to research and statistics. The answers are now at your fingertips.Doctoral faculty and chairs of dissertation committees are going to appreciate having this resource to minimize the number of times they have to repeat the same information to their students. Those that are chairs for the first time will appreciate the ease in locating what is needed to advise doctoral students through the dissertation process.
Jan P. Hammond is professor emerita at the State University of New York at New Paltz where she was department chair and director of the doctoral program between SUNY and the University at Albany and has served on numerous dissertation committees. With nearly 50 years in education, she has held leadership positions at the K-12 level as well as on state and national boards and associations. She has received numerous awards including SUNY Excellence in Teaching award and New York State Educator of the Year. She has written extensively on educational leadership, competitive advantage for schools, and mentoring.
Paula E. Lester brings to this resource 50 years of experience as a university professor and department chairperson, dissertation chairperson, dissertation committee member, educational administrator, and classroom teacher. She received a Ph.D. in organizational and administrative studies from New York University and she was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award from the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. Her more than 25 publications include six books and articles in Educational and Psychological Measurement, Principal, Clearing House, and other periodicals. She has been on the faculty of Long Island University since 1985 and is currently a senior professor. She received the Newton Award for Academic Excellence as well as numerous research grants from the University. In addition, Dr. Lester is the founding director of the doctoral program in interdisciplinary educational studies at Long Island University.
PART I: BEFORE YOU START
CHAPTER I: SO YOU WANT TO EARN A DOCTORATE!
CHAPTER II: DOS AND DON’TS OF THE DISSERTATION PROCESS
CHAPTER III: ON YOUR WAY TO BECOMING A DOCTOR!
PART II: THE DISSERTATION FORMAT
CHAPTER IV: STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
CHAPTER V: REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE
CHAPTER VI: METHODOLOGY
CHAPTER VII: FINDINGS AND RESULTS
CHAPTER VIII: DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
PART III: AND ALL THE OTHER STUFF
CHAPTER IX: THE PROPOSAL HEARING
CHAPTER X: DISSERATION DEFENSE: THE FINAL FRONTIER
CHAPTER XI: YOU DID IT!
EPILOGUE: YOUR CONTINUED CONTRIBUTION TO THE FIELD
This is groundbreaking and a wonderful resource! The work is brilliant and is demonstrative of the authors expertise and command of this subject. A great resource to dissertation writers and mentors. The knowledge and hints in this book would have saved me from having to re-write my dissertation from scratch four times!
I wish I had this book when I was doing my Ph.D; it would have been so helpful. The Table of Contents, Dos and Don’ts, timelines, and checklists serve as a way of staying focused and keeping on track. Hammond and Lester explain complex concepts in simple terms, such as validity, hypotheses, and research design. Talking about the relationship among student, chair, and committee was key as was your encouragement throughout the entire book. This covered everything; I can’t think of anything left out.