The Qualitative Doctoral Dissertation Proposal


by Brent Kilbourn — 2006

This article discusses the primary qualities of a doctoral dissertation proposal and how those qualities relate to the qualities of a dissertation and to the nature of a research university. Typical parts of a proposal are discussed—problem, significance, literature review, theoretical perspective, questions, methods, and ethics—and reasons are given for the role that each part plays in the development of a dissertation. Emphasis is placed on the nature of argument and on the integrity of the proposal as a whole. Examples, including notes on writing, are drawn from several qualitative proposals.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 4, 2006, p. 529-576
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12361, Date Accessed: 12/21/2014 10:49:58 AM

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