How to Keep your Doctorate on Track
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How to Keep your Doctorate on Track

Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences

Edited by Keith Townsend, Mark N.K. Saunders, Rebecca Loudoun and Emily A. Morrison

The path of a doctoral student can feel challenging and isolating. This guide provides doctoral students with key ideas and support to kick-start a doctoral journey, inspire progress and complete their thesis or dissertation. Featuring observations from experienced supervisors, as well as the reflections of current and recent postgraduate researchers, this intimate and entertaining book offers vital insights into the critical moments in any doctoral experience.
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Chapter 15: Designing and conducting a quantitative study: lessons learned from work, home, and school

Kim Nimon


In this chapter, the author, a former consultant, draws parallels between developing very detailed project proposals and writing the first three chapters of a doctoral dissertation – the Introduction, Literature Review, and Method. Detail is the hallmark of the Method chapter in particular, and the author provides advice on how to get all the details right. The next section attends to the Results chapter. Among the author’s guidelines for successful writing of this part of the dissertation are that students have a data analysis “retreat” with their major professor or dissertation committee member, working side by side, and that they satisfy the important requirement of transparency. The author refers to her own experience again to offer advice concerning the Discussion chapter of the dissertation, and ends with a few useful suggestions designed to assist students through the process of writing a doctoral dissertation.

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