The Dissertation: From Beginning to End

ISBN : 9780195373912

Peter Lyons; Howard J. Doueck
216 Pages
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
Apr 2010
Pocket Guide to Social Work Research Methods
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  • Contains straightforward advice for every stage of the dissertation process: how to select a chair, complete the literature review, and establish good writing habits
  • Includes handy tips, strategies, and action steps checklists

Many otherwise strong doctoral students get stuck at the dissertation stage, but this trusty guide takes students from the early planning phase to finishing the final draft. It contains straightforward advice for each stage of the dissertation process: selecting a chair, completing the literature review, developing a hypothesis, selecting a study sample and appropriate measures, managing and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data, establishing good writing habits, and overcoming obstacles to completing the dissertation on schedule. 
Practical guidelines, tips and strategies, and action steps checklists in each chapter make this a handy pocket guide for students as well as advisors seeking a comprehensive, unintimidating road map to the social work dissertation.


1. The Doctoral Degree in Social Work
2. The Candidate, the Chair, and the Committee
3. The Literature Review, Theory, Problem Statement, and Hypotheses
4. Ethics and Research Methodology
5. Sampling and Measurement
6. Data Management and Analysis
7. Writing and Presenting Results

About the author: 

Peter Lyons, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Social Work at Georgia State University.
Howard J. Doueck, Ph.D., is Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

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