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Qualitative Dissertation Methodology

Qualitative Dissertation Methodology A Guide for Research Design and Methods

  • Nathan Durdella - California State University, Northridge, USA
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Designing and writing a qualitative dissertation methodology chapter can be done!

Qualitative Dissertation Methodology: A Guide for Research Design and Methods functions as a dissertation advisor to help students construct and write a qualitative methodological framework for their research. Drawing from the challenges author Nathan Durdella has experienced while supervising students, the book breaks down producing the dissertation chapter into smaller pieces and goes through each portion of the methodology process step by step. With a warm and supportive tone, he walks students through the process from the very start, from choosing chairs and developing qualitative support networks to outlining the qualitative chapter and delving into the writing. By the end of the book, students will have completed the most challenging chapter of a qualitative dissertation and laid a strong foundation for the rest of their dissertation work. Corresponding videos featuring the author help concepts come alive for your students. Learn more: Developing Skills in Formulating Qualitative Research Questions Key Skills in Writing a Qualitative Research Proposal

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The beauty of this text is it demystifies the process of constructing a qualitative dissertation methodology. This is the big hurdle a student must cross to make it to degree completion...Overall the text is a solid all-in-one qualitative research manual for students in applied and social behavioral science fields. And with more pressure being put on institutions to increase their graduation rates, this text could very well help more students earn their doctorate degrees.


  • The book addresses the unique challenges inherent in qualitative research , such as analyzing and interpreting results and ethics and protecting human research participants.
  • A section-by-section approach to methodology chapter development allows readers to develop one part of the methodological framework at a time instead focusing on the dissertation as an overwhelming whole.
  • Doctoral student examples from real, interdisciplinary dissertations illustrate the variety of traditions and techniques available in qualitative methodology and make a complete dissertation seem attainable.
  • “Key Questions to Ask Yourself” and “Questions for Application” ask students to stop and reflect on the concepts in the book and to take what they have learned and apply it to their own research.
  • The book follows the timeline of methodology chapter development so readers can organize their work into manageable steps and operate within the conceptual and tactical work of qualitative dissertation methodology writing.
  • Templates to draft qualitative dissertation methodology chapter sections and subsections serve as structured guides to frame design and writing.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2: Understanding a Dissertation as Qualitative Methodology

Chapter 3: Framing a Dissertation Study Through a Research Tradition

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