The Qualitative Dissertation in Education focuses on the experiences of students pursuing a doctorate in education and writing a qualitative dissertation. The literature on qualitative research has grown substantially over the past 25 years, but methods books often fail to consider the unique situations and resources available to students pursuing a professional doctorate.

This book examines the entirety of the dissertation experience, walking readers through the process with examples and guidelines. The structure of the book outlines each chapter of the dissertation as well as the necessary steps to start and complete the dissertation, such as working with a faculty chair and committee, developing a peer support group, and organizing literature.

Not only does the book cover each stage of the dissertation process, it also provides practical guidance on topics such as productivity, with exercises and resources to help students overcome obstacles and make progress in their writing. The Qualitative Dissertation in Education provides a foundation to understand both the basics of qualitative research and the expectations of the EdD dissertation.

part I|2 pages


chapter 1|22 pages


chapter 2|28 pages


part II|2 pages


chapter 3|14 pages

Starting your proposal

chapter 4|20 pages

Literature review

chapter 5|23 pages

Types of qualitative studies

chapter 6|19 pages

Designing your study

part III|2 pages

Data collection & analysis

chapter 7|22 pages

Data collection

chapter 8|24 pages

Analyzing your data

part IV|2 pages

Results & finalization

chapter 9|9 pages

Organizing and writing your findings

chapter 11|11 pages

Final defense and conclusion