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A Sample Mixed Methods Dissertation Proposal Prepared by Nataliya V. Ivankova

NOTE: This proposal is included in the ancillary materials of Research Design with permission of the author.

If you would like to learn more about this research project, you can examine the following publications that have resulted from this work: Ivankova, N., & Stick, S. (2007, Feb). Students’ persistence in a Distributed Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership in Higher Education: A mixed methods study. Research in Higher Education, 48(1), 93-135. DOI: 10.1007/s11162-006-9025-4 Ivankova, N. V., Creswell, J. W., & Stick, S. (2006, February). Using mixed methods sequential explanatory design: From theory to practice. Field Methods, 18(1), 3-20. Ivankova, N., & Stick, S. (2005, Fall). Preliminary model of doctoral students’ persistence in the computer-mediated asynchronous learning environment. Journal of Research in Education, 15(1), 123-144. Ivankova, N., & Stick, S. (2003). Distance education doctoral students: Delineating persistence variables through a comprehensive literature review. The Journal of College Orientation and Transition, 10(2), 5-21.

STUDENTS’ PERSISTENCE IN THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA - LINCOLN DISTRIBUTED DOCTORAL PROGRAM IN EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION: A MIXED METHODS STUDY

by Nataliya V. Ivankova

PROPOSAL FOR DISSERTATION STUDY

Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Major: Interdepartmental Area of Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction

Under the Supervision of Professor Sheldon L. Stick

Lincoln, Nebraska

December, 2002

Table of Content Chapter 1. Introduction ...................................................................................................... 4 Statement of the Problem ………………………………………………………... 4 Purpose of the Study …………………………………………………………….. 7 Research Questions ……………………………………………………………… 8 Definitions and Terms …………………………………………………………… 9 UNL Educational Administration Distributed Doctoral Program ……………... 13 Theoretical Perspective ………………………………………………………… 15 Delimitations ………………………………………………………………….... 19 Limitations ……………………………………………………………………... 20 Significance of the Study ………………………………………………………. 21 Chapter 2. Review of Literature ………………………………………………………... 24 Persistence in Doctoral Programs ……………………………………………… 24 Academic and Social Integration ………………………………………. 24 Stages in Doctoral Education and Student Persistence ………………… 26 Dissertation Progress …………………………………………………... 28 Motivation and Personal Goals ………………………………………… 30 External Factors ………………………………………………………... 31 Distance Education Student Profile ……………………………………………. 34 Persistence in Distance Education ……………………………………………... 36 Student Persistence in Distance Education Doctoral Programs ………………... 40 Chapter 3. Methodology and Procedure ……………………………………………….. 43 Research Design ……………………………………………………………….. 43

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Variables in the Quantitative Analysis ………………………………………… 46 Target Population and Sample …………………………………………………. 48 Phase I Quantitative..…………………………………………………………… 50 Data Collection …...……………………………………………………. 50 Data Analysis….………………………………………………………... 53 Reliability and Validity ……………………………………………….... 55 Phase II Qualitative……………………………………………………………... 57 Data Collection …………………….…………………………………... 57 Data Analysis ………………,,,,,,,,,,……………………………………. 58 Establishing Credibility………………………………………………….60 Advantages and Limitations of the Sequential Explanatory Mixed Methods Design ………………………………………………………………………….. 61 Research Permission and Ethical Considerations ……………………………… 62 Role of the Researcher…………………………………………………………...63 References ……………………………………………………………………………… 65 Appendix 1 ……………………………………………………………………………... 87

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Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION Statement of the Problem Graduate education is a major part of American higher education, with more than one and a half million students enrolled in graduate programs...
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