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									A Primer On
       Your
Dissertation
   Proposal
     Fayetteville State University
         School of Education
 Department of Educational Leadership

                   Joseph F. Johnson, Professor
      A Primer On Your Dissertation
                          Proposal

• The purpose of the proposal is to convince
  your committee that there is a tractable
  research question which is worth pursuing.
• An equally important purpose is to
  convince the committee that you are in a
  position to do a good job pursuing the
  research question.

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                          Proposal

• The proposal should demonstrate that you:
  – have defined and delimited an interesting
    research question;
  – can explain the importance of the question to
    someone not intimately familiar with it;
  – can formulate testable hypotheses; and
  – have a detail plan for testing the most
    promising hypotheses.
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                           Proposal
• You do not have to read everything that was ever
  written about anything that might conceivably be
  relevant to a full understanding of the subject you
  are interested in addressing before you write the
  proposal.
• However, you are expected to “chase the paper”
  and be familiar with the material that is germane
  to your subject.

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                          Proposal

• The proposal should contain a review of the
  literature in the context of what is known
  and can be documented about the research
  question.
• There should be a discussion of the lasting
  contributions and shortcomings of previous
  research.

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                          Proposal

• Do not attempt to define the research
  question; explain it’s importance; formulate
  hypotheses; nor write a detailed plan before
  you write the proposal. It will be obvious
  that you are trying to get ahead of yourself
  and can result in extending the completion
  of a quality study.

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                           Proposal

• Do not write the dissertation before you write the
  proposal or prospectus. If you do , you will be
  treating your hypotheses like conclusions, and
  your proposal will read like a defense of those
  propositions. This is the role of a dissertation
  defense scheduled after testing, writing, reviewing,
  revising, retesting and rewriting. This will be
  obvious and will impede the successful completion
  of the research study.

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                          Proposal

• Again, do not get ahead of yourself.
• Any attempt to write the dissertation and
  dissertation proposal as if they are the same
  can result in prolonging the process and/or
  failure at this point.




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      A Primer On Your Dissertation
                          Proposal

• A dissertation proposal is supposed to
  describe what you propose to do.
• A dissertation proposal is supposed to
  discuss why you propose to do it.
• A dissertation proposal is supposed to
  explain how you propose to do it.


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       A Primer On Your Dissertation
                           Proposal

• Your dissertation proposal should answer
  the following questions:
  –   What problem are you going to pursue?
  –   Why is it a problem?
  –   Why is it important to address?
  –   Where are you going to look for answers?
  –   Why are you going there?

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       A Primer On Your Dissertation
                           Proposal

• Postscript 1: It is not enough to say what you
  believe to be true. You need to be clear and
  explicit about what you elevate to writing; how
  you make presumptions and cite appropriate
  authorities.
• Postscript 2: Always focus on proposing and
  completing a quality, defensible dissertation, not
  graduation. The latter is merely a well-deserved
  by-product of the former.
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                           Proposal
• Postscript 3: It is always helpful to think of the
  proposal in relations to the first three chapters of
  the completed study. The proposal must be
  written in the future tense, outlining what you are
  proposing to do the future.
• Postscript 4: The final dissertation is always
  written in the past tense in which Chapter I will
  have only minor changes.


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                           Proposal

• Postscript 5: Chapter II will change to include
  additional citations to reflect unexpected results
  from the data analysis.
• Postscript 6: If well-designed, Chapter III in the
  final form should be similar to the proposal.
  Except for tense and minor changes, it should
  reflect exactly what happened (not what was
  predicted to happen).


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A Primer On
       Your
Dissertation
   Proposal
     Fayetteville State University
         School of Education
 Department of Educational Leadership

                   Joseph F. Johnson, Professor

								
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