Increasing numbers of adults are enroling in doctoral programmes, but their earlier college lives often do not prepare them for the rules of the academic game. Many have no idea what a dissertation looks like, how it gets that way, or what options are available to them.
This book is a practical guide for students who need help in progressing from the decision to write a dissertation to the planning, writing and defending of it. It includes samples of proposals and dissertations that have been accepted and data drawn from a number of sources, including focus groups with doctoral students and graduates and responses to an open-ended questionnaire from doctoral students across the United States.
'Brause's book … presents a detailed experiential account of the processes of becoming a doctoral graduate, from first principles of 'why?' via the hurdles of engagement with institutions, supervisors … up to and including the viva voce examination. It also managed the very rare feat (for an academic work) of having me read it in a single sitting … Brause offers an extremely well laid-out work, which tackles every possible hurdle which can potentially derail the doctoral student - from money problems to the untimely death of professors!' - Adults Learning