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THE DISSERTATION: Writing, Advisement and Getting Started. Directed Research Walker & Collins. Why Do We Have ABD Inertia?. The newness of the experience The process is an independent one Transition from a practitioner to a scholar. What are the advantages?. Build writing skills

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    1. THE DISSERTATION: Writing, Advisement and Getting Started Directed Research Walker & Collins

    2. Why Do We Have ABD Inertia? • The newness of the experience • The process is an independent one • Transition from a practitioner to a scholar

    3. What are the advantages? • Build writing skills • Develop analytical skills • Develop the ability to synthesize complicated information • Acquire invaluable research skills

    4. What are the advantages? • Produce information that can improve schools • Create a body of work that others can draw on

    5. What are some sources of frustration? • Managing your topic • Your topic is not carved in stone • Using the literature and other dissertations to help shape your dissertation • Keeping your mentor informed

    6. Mentors- Managing Your Mentor and Committee • Assignment of Mentors • Role of the Mentor • Formulating a Dissertation Committee • Working with your Mentor and Committee Members

    7. Things to work on • Time Management (block out at least 30 mins. each day to work on the dissertation ) • Choose a scheduling strategy that works for you- example hours or minutes worked, problem solved, pages written etc. • Keep a dissertation planner • Stick to your schedule

    8. Planning to work when, where and how • Work during the times that you are most productive • Work in a space where you can be productive • Figure out how you work best, and try to work that way

    9. Internal Stresses • Competition with other Cohort Members • Procrastination- • Competing demands on your time • Unexpected events

    10. Tips for Writing Consistently • What to do when you don’t feel like writing • Make a list of small things to do for a given section- eg photocopying an article • Work on references • Free write • Work on your acknowledgements

    11. How Do I Encourage Myself? • Be reasonable- don’t expect that your first draft will be the greatest. • Talk to cohort members who are productive- get tips from them • Keep a binder- as you work on your chapters print the pages and put them in a notebook with dividers • Keep the notebook with you

    12. The Process • Getting Started • The Dissertation Proposal • The Dissertation Proposal Defense • The Institutional Review Board and the Pre/IRB Review Process • The Elements of the Dissertation • The Oral Defense