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EDLE 6910: Special Topics

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Week 1 = Introduction & Overview of the Course

•    EDLE 6910 Special Topics Syllabus 
•    EDLE 6910 Canvas https://unt.instructure.com/courses/54492 


Week 2 = Getting Started, Literature Review Overview

All Read

•    Machi & McEvoy (2016), The literature review: Six steps to success (3rd ed.). Introduction: Doing and Producing a Literature Review: An Overview, pp. 1-15.
•    Roberts, C. (2010 or 2019). The dissertation journey (2nd or 3rd ed.). Chapter 1: Do You Have What It Takes?
•    Boote & Leile (2005). Scholars before researchers: On the centrality of the dissertation literature review in research preparation. Educational Researcher, 34(6), 3-15.

Choose 1 article

•    Ciampa & Wolfe (2019). Preparing for dissertation writing: Doctoral education students’ perceptions. Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 10(2), 86-102.
•    Klocko, Marshall, & Davidson (2015). Developing practitioner-scholar doctoral candidates as critical writers. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 15(4), 21-31.
•    Lesco, Simmons, Quarshie, & Newton (2008). The pedagogy of monsters: Scary disturbances in a doctoral research preparation course. Teachers College Record, 110(8), 1541-1573.


Week 3 = Selecting a Topic

All Read

•    Machi & McEvoy (2016), The literature review: Six steps to success (3rd ed.). Chapter 1: Step One: Select a Topic: Personal Interest to Formal Research Topic, pp. 17-35.
•    Roberts, C. (2010 or 2019). The dissertation journey (2nd or 3rd ed.). Chapter Title: Choosing a Dissertation Topic

   EdD Student Options – Select 1

•    Belzer & Ryan (2013). Defining the problem of practice dissertation: Where’s the practice, What’s the problem? Planning and Changing, 44(3,4). 195-207
•    Ma, Dana, Adams, & Kennedy (2008). Understanding the problem of practice: An analysis of professional practice EdD dissertations. Impacting Education, 3, 13-22.

PhD Students

•    Boodhoo (2017). Unfurling the PhD process: A reflexive account of key stages and strategies. Waikato Journal of Education, 22(2), 29-45.


Week 4 = Making the Case for the Literature Review

    All Read

•    Machi & McEvoy (2016), The literature review: Six steps to success (3rd ed.). Chapter 2: Step Two: Develop the Tools of Argumentation: Making the Case for the Literature Review, pp. 37-57.
•    Roberts, C. (2010 or 2019). The dissertation journey (2nd or 3rd ed.).
Chapter Title: What Exactly Is a Dissertation?
•    Durkin (2021). Writing strategies for the education dissertation.
Chapter 1: De-mythologizing the process: Changing one’s mindset, pp. 3-19.
•    Rocco & Plakhotnik (2009). Literature reviews, conceptual frameworks, and theoretical frameworks: Terms, functions, and distinctions. Human Resources Development Review, 8(1), 120-130.


Week 5 = Searching the Literature

All Read

•    Machi & McEvoy (2016), The literature review: Six steps to success (3rd ed.). 
Chapter 3: Step 3: Search the Literature: Search Tasks and Tools, pp. 59-81.
•    Roberts, C. (2010 or 2019). The dissertation journey (2nd or 3rd ed.).
Chapter Title: Using the Internet & Technology to Conduct Research
•     American Psychological Association (2020). Publication manual (7th ed.). pp. 4-10.

Week 6 = Getting Organized: How to Write a Literature Review, Part 1

All Read

•    Machi & McEvoy (2016), The literature review: Six steps to success (3rd ed.). 
Chapter 4: Step Four: Survey the Literature: Building the Argument of Discovery, pp. 83-105.
•    Roberts, C. (2010 or 2019). The dissertation journey (2nd or 3rd ed.).
Chapter Title: Organizing Yourself
•    Durkin (2021). Writing strategies for the education dissertation.
Chapter 3: Writing Strategies for the Literature Review, pp. 49-66.


Week 7 = How to Write the Literature Review, Part 2

All Read

•    Machi & McEvoy (2016), The literature review: Six steps to success (3rd ed.). 
Chapter 5: Step Five: Critique the Literature: Interpreting the Research, pp.107-131.
•    Roberts, C. (2010 or 2019). The dissertation journey (2nd or 3rd ed.).
Chapter Title: Reviewing the Literature

Choose 1 article

•    Denney & Tewksbury (2013). How to write a literature review. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 24(2), 218-234.
•    Mattheson & Warren (2020). Using a crosswalk to organize the literature review. The Qualitative Report, 225(1), 1890-1904.
•    Torraco (2014). Writing integrative literature reviews: Using the past and present to explore the future. Human Resource Development Review, 15(4), 404-428.


Week 8 = Write the Literature Review

All Read

•    Machi & McEvoy (2016), The literature review: Six steps to success (3rd ed.). 
Chapter 6: Step Six: Write the Review: Write, Audit, Edit, pp.133-156.
•    Roberts, C. (2010 or 2019). The dissertation journey (2nd or 3rd ed.).
Chapter Title: Mastering the Academic Style
•    Lunenburg & Irby (2008). Writing a successful thesis or dissertation: Tips and strategies for students in the social and behavioral sciences.
Chapter 7: Writing the literature review, pp. 142-164.


Week 9 = EdD Dissertation in Practice / PhD Dissertation

Choose 1 Article

•    Buss & Zambo (n.d.). A practical guide for students and faculty in CPED-influenced programs working on an action research dissertation in practice. 
Introduction, Chapter 1, & Chapter 2 only
•    Chan, Heaton, Swidler, & Wunder (2013). Examining CPED cohort dissertations: A window into the learning of EdD students. Planning and Changing, 44(3/4), 266-285.
•    Ferrell, Ensminger, & Coleman (2018). Changing the doctoral student-dissertation chair relationship through the article dissertation format. Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 31(2), 166-185.
•    Storey & Maughan (2015). Beyond a definition: Designing and specifying dissertation in practice (DiP) Models: Process and product, pp. 7-20.
 

Week 10 = The Doctoral Student Experience / Advice to Doctoral Students, Part 1

Choose 2 Articles

•    Cassuto (2010, October 31). Advising the struggling dissertation student. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1-7. 
•    Ciampa & Wolfe (2020). From isolation to collaboration: Creating an intentional community of practice within the doctoral dissertation proposal writing process. Teaching in Higher Education: Critical Perspectives, https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2020.1822313 
•    Craft, Augustine-Shaw, Fairbanks, & Adams-Wright (2016).  Advising doctoral students in education programs. NACADA Journal, 36(1), 54-65.


Week 11 = The Doctoral Student Experience / Advice to Doctoral Students, Part 2

Choose 2 Articles

•    Fry, Keith, Gardner, Gilbert, Carmona, Schroeder, & Kleinsasser (2019. Entering a community of writers: The writing center, doctoral students, and going public with scholarly writing. The Qualitative Report, 24(11), 2832-2850.


•    Locke & Boyle (2016). Avoiding the A.B.D. abyss: A grounded theory student of a dissertation-focused course for doctoral students in an educational leadership program. The Qualitative Report, 21(9), 1574-1593.
•    Maher, Fallucca, & Halasz (2013). Write on! Through to the Ph.D.: Using writing groups to facilitate doctoral degree progress. Studies in Continuing Education, 35(2), 193-208.
•    Svordik, Hall, Alpine, & Hubbard (2018). The PhD experience: A review of the factors influencing doctoral students’ completion, achievement, and well-being. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 13, 361-388.   


Week 12, 13 = Focus on the Literature Review 


Week 14 = Focus on and Submit the Literature Review


Week 15 = Lessons Learned, 1st Semester as Doc Student Reflection, Peer Reviews & Course Evaluation
 

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