Dissertation Look Like?
The “finished product” looks very much like a “traditional” dissertation, although it is much longer than most …. It appears in one HEAVY volume. It is not something you'd want to fall on your foot. (Jean)
At the beginning of the 21st century, qualitative research is more widely accepted in graduate schools than ever before. However, several correspondents let me know that acceptance is more likely in schools of education than elsewhere. One correspondent writes:
Although I should have gotten my PhD in ————, I was advised early on in my graduate study that I would have a much easier time doing a dissertation in the education department, especially since I already had a vision of what I wanted to write about. I took this advice, although I took many courses in my discipline and got an MA in it …. Compared with many of my fellow students, I had a relatively easy time of getting a very alternative dissertation approved and completed.
A second correspondent concurs: “My doctorate is truly politically motivated, and, contrary to the wishes of my department Chair, it will be in education, but the subject matter is in my discipline” A third correspondent describes interviewing for a position in her discipline after successfully de-