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Dissertation Day. Chapter 3 – The method Chapter 4 – The result Chapter 5 – The discussion. Methods. Re-introduce the problem Provide overview of methodological approach Identify research design (Justify) Indicate the epistemology and theoretical perspective shaping the study

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Dissertation day

Dissertation Day

Chapter 3 – The method

Chapter 4 – The result

Chapter 5 – The discussion


Methods

Methods

  • Re-introduce the problem

  • Provide overview of methodological approach

  • Identify research design (Justify)

  • Indicate the epistemology and theoretical perspective shaping the study

  • Define parameters of the study (who, what, where, when, how,)


Research questions

Research Questions

  • Research Questions Basis for selection of the research design and methods

    • State questions operationally

      • Are scores on the Dangerfield Self-Esteem Inventory correlated with scores on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills? Does this vary by groups?

  • Reminder: Mixed Methods must have both quantitative and qualitative research questions


Research procedures

Research Procedures

  • Participants

  • Apparatus or Materials

  • Procedures

  • Data Analysis


Research procedures1

Research Procedures

  • Introduce the epistemology guiding inquiry (Qual)

  • Explain theoretical perspective driving the research and why selected (Qual)

  • Indicate design and why selected

    • How were sites, cases, and informants selected?

    • What verification procedures were used in the field?

    • Describe interview protocols, guides, rubrics used to assist in data collection

  • Explain how you plan to manage your data

  • Explain how you plan to analyze and interpret your data


Methods don t forget to

Methods – don’t forget to…

  • Summarize potential risks to human participants and how you will accommodate for that

  • Limitations and Delimitations


Reporting findings

Reporting findings

Chapter 4


Organization

Organization

  • Assumptions/preliminary analyses

  • Research Questions – use them as organizers

  • When reporting findings, start with descriptive and work towards conceptual


Presentation of findings

Presentation of Findings

  • Raw data ≠ Findings

  • Use exemplary quotes (sparingly)

  • Do not tell the reader; show the reader

    • 1st pass (open) coding, 2nd pass (axial) coding, 3rd pass, etc.

    • Move from descriptive to conceptual

    • Use graphical displays when possible to demonstrate hierarchy and relation


Verification validity

Verification (Validity)

  • Transparency – how are you establishing that through reporting findings?

  • Thick description – how to you use that?

  • Triangulation – how can you give the reader confidence in the integrity of your findings?


Maintain the integrity of the design

Maintain the integrity of the design

  • Grounded theory must result in a theory

  • Ethnography must be revelatory of a group/setting

  • Phenomenology but give insight into an event or experience

  • Narrative inquiry must give insight into the lived experience of a person/people


Dissertation day

Single Case Designs

Multiple Case Designs

Holistic (single unit)

CONTEXT

CASE

Embedded (multiple units)

CONTEXT

Embedded Unit

CASE

Embedded Unit


Chapter 5 it is not just a conclusion

Chapter 5It is not just a conclusion!

  • Must accomplish…

    • Locate findings in the literature (ch 2)

    • Locate findings in the problem (ch 1)

    • Implications of findings

      • …on theory

      • …on future research

      • …on practice

      • …on procedures

      • …on policy

      • …on people (e.g., teachers, students, policy makers, faculty, higher education administrators, etc.)

  • End Strong!! Use declarative language


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