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"The book is chock full of very practical advice and strategies for doing qualitative dissertation studies. But, unlike any other research methods text I know, it also exudes concern and support for those embarking on the research journey. The authors metaphorically hold the reader’s hand as they tell the reader how to produce a coherent, comprehensive, and rigorous document. Bravo!"
"The authors coach students through processes of conceptualizing the dissertation, treating it as an integral dimension of the journey of living. Moreover, they enable students to develop the dissertation into a line of inquiry that evolves and enriches a career in academe or practical leadership. Those who teach qualitative courses will find this book a guide that organizes and enriches their own strengths in guiding students through the qualitative dissertation experience.”
"While a number of books have appeared in the last few years to help students know about approaches to a qualitative dissertation in the social sciences and particularly in education, this book seeks to help staff and students know these processes in a different way: to know them as lived experiences. This text conveys what doing a dissertation in search of deep rather than surface learning is actually like, what it takes, and what it leads to."
"Piantanida and Garman provide an invaluable set of intellectual, experiental, and practical resources for both students and advisers to use to think about the complex tangle of doctoral text and identity work. They avoid formulaic prescriptions and offer instead an engaging and eminently readable guide to the interrelated processes of forming a scholarly self and a clearly situated and focused inquiry."
This book did serve as a good reference; however, the Bloomberg and Volpe 2016/7 book came out as we were making our decision and we favored the latter for our purposes.
Comprehensive and tremendously helpful for advanced qualitative student working on dissertations.
This is an easy to understand, well-written text which will be of great use to our students.
Excellent read! Practical & useful, especially Chapters 4 & & 7
Thorough and excellent review of writing a qualitative dissertation. I adopted this while working with doctoral students at my previous university. Unfortunately, I no longer teach doctoral students since my current university is master-level only. However, I recommend this book to every doctoral student I mentor or teach.
This books offers students some insight and security into the journey of living qualitative research methods.
Frequently students will fall onto their traditional training and adopt quantitative approaches to qualitative research.
This text offers support to students when initially engaging with qualitative research methods, and as they continue their research study into a dissertation in their final year.