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    cb4nlk is offline Registered User
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    Smile Sample Research Proposal

    Hi Everyone:

    I'm in the process of putting together a reseach proposal for my D.Ed at The University of South Africa.

    I'm pretty up on how to write the proposal but would love to have the opportunity to read successful proposals. If anyone would be interested in sharing their work, I'd love to read it.

    Also, if anyone can direct me to some resources on the internet, that would be great.

    Thanks to Eric Brown for digging out the old post Han referenced with some excellent references to dissertation materials.

    Thanks in advance all!

    Ian

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    You are welcome. Just trying to give back! :)

    I would live to see some research proposal's as well...I am quite a ways off from the proposal phase, but starting to think about the proposal.
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    Originally posted by eric.brown
    I would live to see some research proposal's as well...I am quite a ways off from the proposal phase, but starting to think about the proposal.
    I'd like to see that as well, especially one that's useful for a Unisa DEd, since I haven't counted that option out.

    -=Steve=-
    BS, Info Sys concentration, Charter Oak State College
    MA in Educational Tech, George Washington University
    PhD in Leadership, U. of the Cumberlands (in progress)
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    Will Do

    Hi Guys:

    Will certainly share all that I find. I'm envious of the organized and highly structured process you will go through Eric via NCU. I have had two friends finish their PhD's through NCU and raved about the highly personal and dedicated help they received.

    I'm not interested in taking any further courses. I have my disseration topic and I'm interested in spending my time writing it from the get go. This is why I chose UNISA and their D.Ed program.

    Steve - if you do decide to take the program, let me know. Having peers out there to network with is always a bonus. I'm in the application phase now to see if they will accept me, it is not easy!

    Take care and talk to you soon.

    Ian

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    These three books have sample proposals:

    * Practical Research: Planning and Design , Seventh Edition, by Paul D. Leedy and Jeanne Ellis Ormrod.

    Check out this website: www.prenhall.com/leedy

    * Research Design : Qualitative,Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches, Second Edition, by John W. Creswell.

    * Successful Dissertations and Theses: A Guide to Graduate Student Research from Proposal to Completition, Second Edition, by David Madsen.

    I used all three to write up my proposal for a Ph.D. in Church History for the Univ. of Pretoria.

    It is likely that your advisor will gladly provide you with sample proposals, as well as guidelines.

    BTW, the book I found most useful in selecting and stating my research problem, is The Craftof Research by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams.

    One thing you may want to consider is the citation/reference style preferred by your school. I initially used Turabian, but was told the Harvard system is preferred for most SA schools.

    Roscoe

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    Re: Will Do

    Originally posted by cb4nlk
    I'm not interested in taking any further courses. I have my disseration topic and I'm interested in spending my time writing it from the get go. This is why I chose UNISA and their D.Ed program.

    The prospect of more coursework doesn't really excite me either, and I too am pretty close to having a dissertation proposal idea. This is one reason Wits, UCT, Rhodes, Unisa, and the University of the West Indies are still on my list.

    I'd discounted local options because of the cost, but Adella (wife) has been more receptive than I'd expected to the idea of her working while I go to school and watch our toddler son. That means if a good local option were to give me an assistantship so that I wouldn't have to worry about utition and would have at least a little cash coming in, I could do that. I'm considering George Mason University, an up and coming state school in my area, and George Washington University , which is where I'm doing my Master's. University of Maryland at College Park is also highlly ranked and in the area, but they're pretty far from where I live, and going there repeatedly would be a chore.

    I'm leaning toward local, but I've been vascillating for two years now so I suppose the race is still wide open. :)

    Steve - if you do decide to take the program, let me know. Having peers out there to network with is always a bonus. I'm in the application phase now to see if they will accept me, it is not easy!

    Don't worry, when I finally send in an acceptance letter to someone, I plan to do a thread on which one and why, even if it's not DL.

    -=Steve=-
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    MA in Educational Tech, George Washington University
    PhD in Leadership, U. of the Cumberlands (in progress)
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    Good Suggestion

    I'm currently reading "Writing for Social Scientists" by Howard Becker. It is a wonderful read and does a good job dispelling myths surrounding writing. I am enjoying it a lot.

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    The Craft of Writing

    Also picked this up today...it is excellent. If anyone is considering starting, I recommend it as a point of departure. Cheers!

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    Thanks for the Link

    Roscoeb -- thanks for the info and link -- much appreciated!

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    Talking working samples of both PhD and EdD research proposals

    Hello All

    Please visit university of western australia and have a look at education faculty where there are at least ten current research proposals whcih you may download and read at your leisure. These are available in pdf and rtf format and so you can also make use of the references on these.

    Sample research proposals > Faculty of Education: The University of Western Australia

    REMEMBER NOT TO PLAGIARISE THOUGH!

    Happy downloading and reading, then go and get your proposal written you will enjoy the process of your research degree.

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