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Intellectual Ownership of Your Work

By Lynda Idleman, PhD | Feb 20, 2020

I encountered this post online recently. I think it is good food for thought. I’m so pissed off! I did some work for an organization this summer, and they subsequently printed the discussion document I wrote without my name anywhere to be found. I didn’t make a big deal about it. I have since re-formatted …

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Own Your Work! It is YOUR Dissertation!

By Lynda Idleman, PhD | Feb 13, 2020

Grow from doctoral student* to researcher The doctoral student is expected to be in charge of the dissertation process, from concept paper to final defense. The purpose of the chair is to validate your brilliance. Do not mistake the chair for a coach. Things happen more quickly and efficiently when the chair is approached with …

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Questions to Anticipate at the Defense

By Lynda Idleman, PhD | Feb 6, 2020

Origins and the scope of the research What led you to choose this topic for your dissertation? Did the scope of the topic change as you conducted your research? What difficulties did you encounter in your research and did they influence how the topic was framed? How did you come to define the final topic …

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How to Improve Your Response Rate When You Conduct a Survey

By Lynda Idleman, PhD | Feb 2, 2020

Most times, a dissertation requires data collected from a targeted group of people. Lucky are those who use archival data or secondary databases. For those of you who must conduct a survey, here are a few tips. Tip #1: Create a good questionnaire Did I hear a “Well, duh?” Of course, your questionnaire is good. …

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You Don’t Have to be an Expert in Methodology to Finish Your Dissertation

By Lynda Idleman, PhD | Jan 22, 2020

You do not have to have expertise in research methodology and statistics to conduct research for your dissertation. You can do reputable research without knowing the ins and outs of statistical software and texts. The most effective way to deal with the challenges of data collection and statistical analysis is to engage the services of …

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Top Three Mistakes People Make When Writing Questionnaires

By Lynda Idleman, PhD | Jan 15, 2020

Mistake #1: Starting your questionnaire with demographics Clients tell me that members of their dissertation committee insist on demographics at the beginning of a questionnaire. This is so WRONG! Please convince them otherwise. It is best to leave the demographics for the end. Here are some reasons why: The introduction to the questionnaire, either on …

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Abstract…How to write one

By Lynda Idleman, PhD | Jan 8, 2020

You are finished! Your chair is happy and your committee is ready for you to defend! Now you must whip the document into shape by adding the preliminary pages, including the abstract. Oh, no…more writing…you thought you were finished writing and revising! Take heart! There is no need to create an abstract from scratch. You …

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Why a PhD?

By Lynda Idleman, PhD | Jan 2, 2020

I believe a dissertation is, primarily, a method for doctoral students to show they can conduct research; that they are familiar with the pitfalls of research design and the hard work involved in collecting something that looks like good data, and that they can stretch themselves to synthesize and evaluate the results in light of …

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