The Do’s & Don’ts of QQMM workQualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methodswith previews from the new book:James, E. A., & S...
Let’s Jump In…• Two parts to each type of methodology –– Do’s and don’ts about writing it up– Do’s and don’ts in data coll...
QUALITATIVEWRITING IT UP?DOING IT?General discussionWhat do you know about
General or Common Qualitative Lessons1. Telling a story in such a waywithout being part of it –need to be objective and at...
Dos and Don’ts for Qualitative Writing1. Don’t quoteyour authorstoo much2. Always by concise oravoid discussions inyour me...
QualitativeDos and Don’ts forData Collection &Analysis1. Cross-examine your worldview – is itgetting in the way of an alte...
QualitativeDos and Don’ts forData Collection &AnalysisConsistently report your findings so that yourreader understands:1. ...
Questions?Don’t be shy – someone else is probablywondering the same thing
QUANTITATIVEWRITING IT UP?DOING IT?General discussionWhat do you know about
General or Common Quantitative Lessons1. Takes a long time todevelop rigorous andreliable instruments.2. Also may havetrou...
Dos and Don’ts for Quantitative Writing1. Be clear on which areresults and which arefindings2. Tell your reader at thebegi...
QuantitativeDos and Don’ts forData Collection &AnalysisJames, E. A., & Slater, T. (2014).Write Your Doctoral Dissertation ...
QuantitativeDos and Don’ts forData Collection &AnalysisJames, E. A., & Slater, T. (2014).Write Your Doctoral Dissertation ...
Questions?Don’t be shy – someone else is probablywondering the same thing
MIXED METHODSWRITING IT UP?DOING IT?General discussionWhat do you know about
General or Common Mixed Methods Lessons1. The main difficultywith mixed methods isgetting the logic of thedesign integrate...
Dos and Don’ts for Mixed Methods Writing1. Check and doublecheck the logics of eachmethod – and how youdisplay them for yo...
Mixed MethodsDos and Don’ts forData Collection &AnalysisJames, E. A., & Slater, T. (2014).Write Your Doctoral Dissertation...
Questions?Don’t be shy – someone else is probablywondering the same thing
Upcoming News/EventsMonthly Content in Control Panel forPaying MembersThis month all about writing:1) Pdf on tips and tric...
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Presented to an international audience of doctoral students online through DoctoralNet.com's regular conferences on Bigmarker (https://www.bigmarker.com/club_conferences/index/doctoralnet) this slide deck discusses things researchers should keep in mind. As part of our ongoing mission to increase graduation rates by offering dissertation help or thesis help, the ideas here were developed by the students in the room and are taken from our new book from Sage Publishing: Write Your Doctoral Dissertation or Thesis Faster: A Proven Map to Success - to be out Nov 2014

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  1. 1. The Do’s & Don’ts of QQMM workQualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methodswith previews from the new book:James, E. A., & Slater, T. (2014). Write Your DoctoralDissertation or Thesis Faster: A Proven Map to Success.Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: Sage Publications.
  2. 2. Let’s Jump In…• Two parts to each type of methodology –– Do’s and don’ts about writing it up– Do’s and don’ts in data collection and analysis
  3. 3. QUALITATIVEWRITING IT UP?DOING IT?General discussionWhat do you know about
  4. 4. General or Common Qualitative Lessons1. Telling a story in such a waywithout being part of it –need to be objective and ata distance2. Time consuming – takeshours extra to transcribe3. No short-cut4. Easy to become side-tracked5. Have to watch out for bias –6. Also may have to considerwhether and how muchqualitative is respectedwithin your university
  5. 5. Dos and Don’ts for Qualitative Writing1. Don’t quoteyour authorstoo much2. Always by concise oravoid discussions inyour methods chapters3. Avoid discussions oftopic in methodologyJames, E. A., & Slater, T. (2014). Write YourDoctoral Dissertation or Thesis Faster: AProven Map to Success. ThousandOaks, CA, USA: Sage Publications.
  6. 6. QualitativeDos and Don’ts forData Collection &Analysis1. Cross-examine your worldview – is itgetting in the way of an alternativeinterpretation?2. Discuss your work with others, get theiropinions – and member check with yourparticipants to ensure you “got it right”3. Transcribe your recordings, don’t rely onnotes4. Don’t forget that a clear explanation ofthe demographics and context of yourparticipants is as important as it is toquantitative readers5. Take notes on where you met, withwhom, for how long and include thesespecifics in your explanation of howyour data were collected.
  7. 7. QualitativeDos and Don’ts forData Collection &AnalysisConsistently report your findings so that yourreader understands:1. From whom they were derived.2. How the themes related to your questions.3. The relative numerical justification forquantification of the idea within yourlarger body of data. As an example, if themajority of your study participants agreedwith A then it should be discussed first andshould be quantified with the percentageof people who mentioned somethingsimilar. The other results should follow inan obvious fashion.4. The logical order which you maintainthroughout all your arguments leading toyour findings.5. The role played by disparate data oroutliers in your study. These shouldinclude a quantification of the significanceof these other ideas within your wholecollection of data.
  8. 8. Questions?Don’t be shy – someone else is probablywondering the same thing
  9. 9. QUANTITATIVEWRITING IT UP?DOING IT?General discussionWhat do you know about
  10. 10. General or Common Quantitative Lessons1. Takes a long time todevelop rigorous andreliable instruments.2. Also may havetrouble getting alarge enough N= to bestatistically valid.
  11. 11. Dos and Don’ts for Quantitative Writing1. Be clear on which areresults and which arefindings2. Tell your reader at thebeginning of each sectionhow the results andfindings will be presentedand then follow that order3. Superimpose a routine onyour explanation ofresults, repeating thatroutine throughout yourargumentation in order foryour reader to understandthe sequence of thoughtsand how they developJames, E. A., & Slater, T. (2014). Write YourDoctoral Dissertation or Thesis Faster: AProven Map to Success. ThousandOaks, CA, USA: Sage Publications.
  12. 12. QuantitativeDos and Don’ts forData Collection &AnalysisJames, E. A., & Slater, T. (2014).Write Your Doctoral Dissertation orThesis Faster: A Proven Map toSuccess. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA:Sage Publications.DO1. Tell your reader at the beginning of eachsection how the results and findings willbe presented and then follow that order.2. Superimpose a routine on yourexplanation of results, repeating thatroutine throughout your argumentationin order for your reader to understandthe sequence of thoughts and how theydevelop.3. Use the tables and charts to present yourdata to highlight and offer your readermore options for understanding yourarguments rather than just written orformulaic descriptions4. Clearly explain the statistical models andtests you used and why they are bestsuited to your study
  13. 13. QuantitativeDos and Don’ts forData Collection &AnalysisJames, E. A., & Slater, T. (2014).Write Your Doctoral Dissertation orThesis Faster: A Proven Map toSuccess. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA:Sage Publications.Don’t1. Spend too much space onwritten descriptions, especiallyparagraph long descriptions offrequencies of responses, insteadorganize quantitative evidenceusing tables and charts and showyour readers how the qualitativedata compare with quotationsfrom that evidence.2. Forget to consider the internalvalidity of yourfindings, discussion orconclusions, and arguments interms of both types of evidence.This discussion should beconsidered as part of your final
  14. 14. Questions?Don’t be shy – someone else is probablywondering the same thing
  15. 15. MIXED METHODSWRITING IT UP?DOING IT?General discussionWhat do you know about
  16. 16. General or Common Mixed Methods Lessons1. The main difficultywith mixed methods isgetting the logic of thedesign integratedenough that the datatriangulate well andeasily.2. The second issue is inyour ability to write itup so your readerunderstands theinternal validity in yourdesign.
  17. 17. Dos and Don’ts for Mixed Methods Writing1. Check and doublecheck the logics of eachmethod – and how youdisplay them for yourreaders: one and thenthe other? Or back andforth?2. Tell others what youdid, see where theystumble inunderstanding andplan for that in yourwritingJames, E. A., & Slater, T. (2014). WriteYour Doctoral Dissertation or ThesisFaster: A Proven Map to Success.Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: SagePublications.
  18. 18. Mixed MethodsDos and Don’ts forData Collection &AnalysisJames, E. A., & Slater, T. (2014).Write Your Doctoral Dissertation orThesis Faster: A Proven Map toSuccess. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA:Sage Publications.DO1. Layout your logic and what youwant to say in slides – talkyourself and others through it andpre plan before you do muchwriting.2. Discuss how you coded yourqualitative data3. Justify your use of the statisticaltests that you employed4. Carefully plot your internalvalidity for your readers
  19. 19. Questions?Don’t be shy – someone else is probablywondering the same thing
  20. 20. Upcoming News/EventsMonthly Content in Control Panel forPaying MembersThis month all about writing:1) Pdf on tips and tricks2) Video on using bibliographicsoftware to help you writeUpcoming Conferences:June 30th - Theoretical and conceptual frameworks: What good are they?July 14th - Pitfalls in data collection and analysis-what goes wrong?July 28th - What makes for outstanding dissertations and thesis?August 11th - Writing an outstanding introduction to your thesisAugust 25th - The golden thread - building internal consistency throughout yourdissertation or thesisSeptember 8th- Committees, defense and publishing: The end gamesNow scheduling online virtual retreats for July and Augusthttp://www.doctoralnet.com/virtual-retreats-explained2.html

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