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Lessons Learned for Successful Dissertation Completion From Social Work Doctoral Graduates
Journal of Teaching in Social Work (2017)
  • Ashley Davis, Wheelock College
  • Stephanie P. Wladkowski, Eastern Michigan University
  • Rebecca G. Mirick, Salem State University
Abstract
A dissertation demonstrates a doctoral candidate’s knowledge of a content area, mastery of research methodology, and readiness for future scholarship. Doctoral candidates, social work programs, and the profession as a whole are invested in ensuring that candidates successfully complete dissertations and enter academic, research, and leadership positions. This strengths-based study offers the wisdom of recent social work doctoral graduates (N = 196). Data were collected by an online survey and analyzed through thematic analysis. Findings described sources of support, managing a project of this scope, considerations in study design, and effective research attitudes and behaviors. Implications for social work education are discussed.
Keywords
  • Dissertation,
  • doctoral education,
  • research
Publication Date
March 20, 2017
DOI
10.1080/08841233.2017.1295124
Citation Information
Ashley Davis, Stephanie P. Wladkowski and Rebecca G. Mirick. "Lessons Learned for Successful Dissertation Completion From Social Work Doctoral Graduates" Journal of Teaching in Social Work Vol. 37 Iss. 2 (2017) p. 107 - 120
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rebecca-mirick/19/