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2003 - Present

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The Formation of Scholars: Rethinking Doctoral Education for the Twenty-First Century - George E. Walker
Call Number: LB2386 .F67 2008
ISBN: 0470197439
Publication Date: 2008
This groundbreaking book explores the current state of doctoral education in the United States and offers a plan for increasing the effectiveness of doctoral education. Programs must grapple with questions of purpose. The authors examine practices and elements of doctoral programs and show how they can be made more powerful by relying on principles of progressive development, integration, and collaboration. They challenge the traditional apprenticeship model and offer an alternative in which students learn while apprenticing with several faculty members. The authors persuasively argue that creating intellectual community is essential for high-quality graduate education in every department. Knowledge-centered, multigenerational communities foster the development of new ideas and encourage intellectual risk taking.

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The Dissertation Journey - Carol M. Roberts
Call Number: LB1742 .R63 2010 - Stacks
ISBN: 9781412977982
Publication Date: 2010-08-23
"Few books provide such a concise overview of the dissertation process. From understanding your relationship with faculty to collating materials for each chapter, Roberts provides a clear, step-by-step guide on how to plan, write, and defend your doctoral research. Do not procrastinate; read this book and proceed on the road to successful completion of your dissertation!" (Deborah A. Schreiber, Assistant Professor of Education 20100322)

"The Dissertation Journey is a must-have resource for any doctoral student venturing out on his or her own. Dr. Roberts presents a systematic approach that transforms what at first seems insurmountable into achievable. Trust the process, it works!" (Bruce R. Schultz, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs 20100511)

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Envisioning the future of doctoral education : preparing stewards of the discipline, Carnegie essays on the doctorate - Chris M. Golde
Call Number: LB2386 .G64 2006
ISBN: 0787982350
Publication Date: 2006
The development of students as “stewards of the discipline” should be the purpose of doctoral education. A steward is a scholar in the fullest sense of the term—someone who can imaginatively generate new knowledge, critically conserve valuable and useful ideas, and responsibly transform those understandings through writing, teaching, and application. Stewardship also has an ethical and moral dimension; it is a role that transcends a collection of accomplishments and skills. A steward is someone to whom the vigor, quality, and integrity of the field can be entrusted. The most important period of a steward’s formation occurs during formal doctoral education.

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Three Magic Letters - Michael T. Nettles; Catherine M. Millett
Call Number: LB2386 .N48 2006
ISBN: 080188232X
Publication Date: 2006-01-24
Drawing on the largest survey of doctoral students ever conducted, Three Magic Letters provides a compelling portrait of the graduate school experience and identifies key issues affecting the success and failure of doctoral students.

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Journey to the Ph. D.: How to Navigate the Process as African Americans - Anna L. Green (Editor); LeKita V. Scott (Editor); Brenda Jarmon (Foreword by)
Call Number: LC2781 .J69 2003
ISBN: 1579220797
Publication Date: 2003-10-01
As a new generation of African Americans completes college, an increasing number of students are aspiring to the Ph.D. as a stepping stone to a career in the academy and to fully participate in shaping our society. Most African Americans are conscious that they are the first in their families to embark on this journey. They are aware they will meet barriers and prejudice, are likely to face isolation and frustration, and find few sources of support along the way.

This book, by twenty-four Black scholars who “have been there,” offers a guide to aspiring doctoral students to the formal process and to the personal, emotional and intellectual challenges they are likely to face. The authors come from a wide range of disciplines – from computing, education and literature to science and sociology. Although their experiences and backgrounds are as varied as they are as individuals, their richly diverse chapters cohere into a rounded guide to the issues for those who follow in their footsteps.

From questioning the reader about his or her reasons for pursuing a doctorate, offering advice on financial issues, the choice of university and doctoral program, and relocation, through the process and timetable of application, interviews, acceptance and rejection, the authors go on to describe their own journeys and the lessons they have learned.

These men and women write candidly about their experiences, the strategies they used to maintain their motivation, make the transition from HBCUs to PWIs, balance family and work, make the right choices and keep focussed on priorities. They discuss how to work effectively with advisors and mentors, make all-important connections with teachers and build professional and personal support networks. They recount how they dealt with tokenism, established credibility, handled racism, maintained their values and culture, and persuaded supervisors to legitimize their research interests in African American issues.

This is both an inspirational and practical book for every African American considering pursuit of a doctoral degree.


Research Methods

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Encyclopedia of Research Design - Neil J. Salkind (Editor)
Call Number: HA29 .E525 2010 - New Book Room (NBR) Reference
ISBN: 1412961270
Publication Date: 2010-06-22
Research design can be daunting for all types of researchers. At its heart it might be described as a formalized approach toward problem solving, thinking, and acquiring knowledge—the success of which depends upon clearly defined objectives and appropriate choice of statistical tools, tests, and analysis to meet a project’s objectives.

Comprising more than 500 entries, the Encyclopedia of Research Design explains how to make decisions about research design, undertake research projects in an ethical manner, interpret and draw valid inferences from data, and evaluate experiment design strategies and results. Two additional features carry this encyclopedia far above other works in the field: bibliographic entries devoted to significant articles in the history of research design and reviews of contemporary tools, such as software and statistical procedures, used to analyze results.

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Covers the spectrum of research design strategies, from material presented in introductory classes to topics necessary in graduate research
Addresses cross- and multidisciplinary research needs, with many examples drawn from the social and behavioral sciences, neurosciences, and biomedical and life sciences
Provides summaries of advantages and disadvantages of often-used strategies
Uses hundreds of sample tables, figures, and equations based on real-life cases.

The Encyclopedia of Research Design is the perfect instrument for new learners as well as experienced researchers to explore both the original and newest branches of the field.

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Research Methods - Patrick McNeill; Steve Chapman
Call Number: eBook on EBSCO Host - HM585 .M37 2005eb
ISBN: 0415340756
Publication Date: 2005-07-13
Since its first edition in 1985, Patrick McNeill's Research Methods has become a classic introductory text for students of sociology at A level and in undergraduate courses as well as for a range of specialists in education, business, social care and medicine who need a brief but authoritative account of how sociologists set about conducting research.

After a brief overview of the history of sociological research which introduces key concepts, this new edition, co-authored with Steve Chapman, describes the main sociological research methods, and includes sections on theory, science and values.

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Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design - John W. Creswell
Call Number: H61 .C73 2013
ISBN: 1412995302
Publication Date: 2012-03-14
In this Third Edition of his bestselling text John W. Creswell explores the philosophical underpinnings, history, and key elements of each of five qualitative inquiry traditions: narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study. In his signature accessible writing style, the author relates research designs to each of the traditions of inquiry. He compares theoretical frameworks, ways to employ standards of quality, and strategies for writing introductions to studies, collecting data, analyzing data, writing a narrative, and verifying results.

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Practical Research Methods for Educators - Ennio Cipani
Call Number: LB1028
ISBN: 0826122353
Publication Date: 2009-05-01
This text offers a fresh perspective on developing research skills for educators as well as for students studying to become educators. Practical Research Methods for Educators is unique in identifying the requirements for conducting pragmatic research for everyday instructional personnel.

The book introduces key concepts, such as identifying and measuring dependent and independent variables. It also reviews the three forms of research (descriptive, correlation, and experimental). With this book, educators and students can become well prepared to appropriately conduct research and become wise consumers and critics of research findings.

Each chapter presents a brief description of a research design, figures illustrating the design features with hypothetical data, and real research studies that utilized such a design. Each type of single-case design is discussed in relation to its advantages and limitations.

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Methods in Educational Research: from Theory to Practice - Marguerite G. Lodico; Dean T. Spaulding; Katherine H. Voegtle
Call Number: LB1028 .L586 2010 - New Book Room (NBR) Stacks
ISBN: 0470436808
Publication Date: 2010-05-17
Methods in Educational Research is designed to prepare students for the real world of educational research. It focuses on scientifically-based methods, school accountability, and the professional demands of the twenty-first century, empowering researchers to take an active role in conducting research in their classrooms, districts, and the greater educational community. Like the first edition, this edition helps students, educators, and researchers develop a broad and deep understanding of research methodologies. It includes substantial new content on the impact of No Child Left Behind legislation, school reform, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, logic modeling, action research, and other areas. Special features to assist the teaching and learning processes include vignettes illustrating research tied to practice, suggested readings at the end of each chapter, and discussion questions to reinforce chapter content.

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Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research - Vicki L. Plano Clark; John W. Creswell (Editor)
Call Number: H62 .C6962 2011 - Stacks
ISBN: 1412975174
Publication Date: 2010-06-22
Combining the latest thinking about mixed methods research designs with practical, step-by-step guidance, the Second Edition of Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research now covers six major mixed methods designs. Authors John W. Creswell and Vicki L. Plano Clark walk readers through the entire research process, from formulating questions to designing, collecting data, and interpreting results and include updated examples from published mixed methods studies drawn from the social, behavioral, health, and education disciplines.

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Encyclopedia of Case Study Research - Elden Wiebe (Editor); Gabrielle Durepos (Editor); Albert J. Mills (Editor)
Call Number: H62 .E582 2010eb - eBrary eBook
ISBN: 1412956706
Publication Date: 2009-10-21
The Encyclopedia of Case Study Research provides a compendium on the important methodological issues in conducting case study research and explores both the strengths and weaknesses of different paradigmatic approaches. These two volumes focus on the distinctive characteristics of case study research and its place within and alongside other research methodologies.

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Case Study Research: Design and Methods - Robert K. Yin
Call Number: H62 .Y56 2009
ISBN: 1412960991
Publication Date: 2008-10-31
Providing a complete portal to the world of case study research, the Fourth Edition of Robert K. Yin’s bestselling text Case Study Research offers comprehensive coverage of the design and use of the case study method as a valid research tool. This thoroughly revised text now covers more than 50 case studies (approximately 25% new), gives fresh attention to quantitative analyses, discusses more fully the use of mixed methods research designs, and includes new methodological insights. The book’s coverage of case study research and how it is applied in practice gives readers access to exemplary case studies drawn from a wide variety of academic and applied fields.

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The SAGE Handbook of Action Research - Peter Reason (Editor); Hilary Bradbury (Editor)
Call Number: HM571 .H36 2008 - Closed Stacks
ISBN: 1412920299
Publication Date: 2007-11-30
For anyone seeking to create meaning out of life, inspire others with publication of research discoveries and insights, and help the world become a better place within which to live and work, action research holds great promise as an approach. The challenge is to do it well and with rigor. The Handbook is a magnificent collection of articles that will help the reader do all of that'
- Richard E. Boyatzis, Case Western Reserve University and ESADE

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Introduction to Research (Clinical & Healthcare) - Elizabeth DePoy; Laura N. Gitlin
Call Number: RA440.85 .D47 2011 - Closed Stacks
ISBN: 0323068545
Publication Date: 2010-10-01
Bridge the gap between research and practice with DePoy and Gitlin's Introduction to Research: Understanding and Applying Multiple Strategies, 4th Edition. This completely updated, user-friendly text helps you better understand not only the research process, but also research designs and their applications to the real world of clinical practice. Covering multiple research strategies (including both qualitative and quantitative research), it gives you a balanced approach to various research traditions, addressing emerging key issues in today's health care environment.

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Encyclopedia of Health Services Research - Ross M. Mullner (Editor)
Call Number: RA440.85 .E63 2009 - New Book Room (NBR) Reference
ISBN: 1412951798
Publication Date: 2009-05-15
Health services research is a highly multidisciplinary field, including such areas as health administration, health economics, medical sociology, medicine, , political science, public health, and public policy. The Encyclopedia of Health Services Research is the first single reference source to capture the diversity and complexity of the field. With more than 400 entries, these two volumes investigate the relationship between the factors of cost, quality, and access to healthcare and their impact upon medical outcomes such as death, disability, disease, discomfort, and dissatisfaction with care.

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Google and the Digital Divide - Elad Segev
Call Number: ZA4234.G64 S44 2010
ISBN: 184334565X
Publication Date: 2009-12-01
Aimed at information and communication professionals, scholars and students, Google and the Digital Divide: The Biases of Online Knowledge provides invaluable insight into the significant role that search engines play in growing the digital divide between individuals, organizations, and states. With a specific focus on Google, author Elad Segev explains the concept of the digital divide and the effects that today's online environment has on knowledge bias, power, and control. Using innovative methods and research approaches, Segev compares the popular search queries in Google and Yahoo in the United States and other countries and analyzes the various biases in Google News and Google Earth. Google and the Digital Divide shows the many ways in which users manipulate Google's information across different countries, as well as dataset and classification systems, economic and political value indexes, specific search indexes, locality of use indexes, and much more. Segev presents important new social and political perspectives to illustrate the challenges brought about by search engines, and explains the resultant political, communicative, commercial, and international implications.

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