Designing and writing a qualitative dissertation methodology chapter can be done! Qualitative Dissertation Methodology: A Guide for Research Design and Methods functions as a dissertation advisor to help students construct and write a qualitative methodological framework for their research. Drawing from the challenges author Nathan Durdella has experienced while supervising students, the book breaks down producing the dissertation chapter into smaller pieces and goes through each portion of the methodology process step by step. With a warm and supportive tone, he walks students through the process from the very start, from choosing chairs and developing qualitative support networks to outlining the qualitative chapter and delving into the writing. By the end of the book, students will have completed the most challenging chapter of a qualitative dissertation and laid a strong foundation for the rest of their dissertation work.

Working as a Qualitative Methodologist in Dissertation Contexts

Chapter Objectives

  • Confirm that a qualitative approach is the right fit for your study
  • Discuss key principles that guide the development of a qualitative dissertation methodology and qualitative dissertation research process
  • Develop a timetable within which you can complete a qualitative dissertation methodology
  • Identify strategies to select a dissertation chair and describe criteria to select dissertation committee members
  • Implement strategies designed to enhance and maintain relationships with faculty involved with your dissertation research project

Chapter Purpose

This chapter examines strategies to successfully develop a qualitative dissertation through a discussion of an actionable set of recommendations for research practice that guide initial considerations in dissertation work and advising. The chapter explores critical early decisions that doctoral students make: confirming that qualitative research is the ...

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