The Coming of Age of the Education Doctorate Series
The Importance of the Dissertation in Practice (DiP)
A Resource Guide for EdD Students, Their Committee Members and Advisors, and Departmental and University Leaders Involved with EdD Programs
Published: April 2024
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Published: April 2024
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The Importance of the Dissertation in Practice (DiP): A Resource Guide for EdD Students, Their Committee Members and Advisors, and Departmental and University Leaders Involved with EdD Programs is the first book-length study that looks at the elements of high-quality Dissertations in Practice (DiPs). It serves as a resource for EdD students, their committee members, their advisors, and departmental or university leaders involved with EdD programs. The book can be used to improve support from key stakeholders within EdD programs for the implementation of the DiP in the development of practitioner-scholars.

The first section of the book discusses the difference between the DiP and traditional dissertations, the history of the DiP, and how the practitioner-scholar is developed through the DiP process. Next, the book describes the elements that are reflective of a high-quality DiP. Finally, it addresses a few of the unique formats that are sometimes used with the DiP, some of the practical issues with implementing the DiP, and issues of the future including the use of artificial intelligence.

The ultimate goal of The Importance of the Dissertation in Practice is to serve as a practical guide for all those involved with the DiP, reflecting the editors’ and authors’ experiences working with students within a variety of higher education institutions.

Perfect for courses such as: Introduction to Research Methods (doctoral level); Improvement Science; Applied Research Methods; Advanced Research Methods; Introduction to the Dissertation; Educational Evaluation; Theory of Change in Education; Educational Policy

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 – Introduction
Kimberlee K. C. Everson

Section 1: Background to Understanding the DiP

Chapter 2 – The History of the DiP: Dissertation in What??
Jill Alexa Perry

Chapter 3 – The Practitioner-Scholar and the DiP, A Matched Pair to Redress Professional Marginalizations and Inequities
Lester A. C. Archer and Wes Cottongim

Section 2: Evaluation and Important Traits of the DiP

Chapter 4 – Evaluating the DiP: The Development of a Rubric
Lynn Hemmer, Suha R. Tamim, Kelly M. Torres

Chapter 5 – The Problem of Practice: The Core of the Practitioner-Oriented EdD Dissertation in Practice
Kofi Lomotey

Chapter 6 – Context and Conditions of the DiP
Suha R. Tamim, Chris Summers, Leslee Schauer, Veronica Ramon, and Lynn Hemmer

Chapter 7 – Knowledge that Frames the DiP: Traditional Indigenous Knowledges—A Foundation of the Dissertation-in-Practice
Walter Kahumoku III and Lori Ideta

Chapter 8 – Focal Patterns of Action
Stacy Leggett

Chapter 9 – Dissertation-in-Practice Methodologies
Sarah A. Capello, Edwin Nii Bonney, and Maxwell M. Yurkofsky

Chapter 10 – The Impact of the DiP
Kelly M. Torres, Katherine Green, and Jessica Downie-Siepsiak

Section 3: Some DiP Approaches and Formats

Chapter 11 – Improvement Science: The Disquisition—A Dissertation in Practice Capstone for Developing Equity-Oriented Scholar-Practitioners
Robert Crow

Chapter 12 – Action Research and the Dissertation-in-Practice
Suha R. Tamim

Chapter 13 – The Group Dissertation: Re-thinking the Dissertation-in-Practice, Utilizing Collaborative Research Teams for Innovation
Rebecca G. Harper

Chapter 14 – Alternative Formats: Thinking Differently about Dissertations-in-Practice (DiPs) and Faculty Dissertation Mentoring
Vachel Miller and Star Brown

Section 4: Concerns and Issues

Chapter 15 – Mentoring Students
Kandy Smith

Chapter 16 – Process Issues
Maida A. Finch, Christina G. Camillo, Judith K. Franzak, Melissa M. Reid, Christine Craddock, and Rebecca L. Wivell

Chapter 17 – Generative Artificial Intelligence and the Dissertation-in-Practice
Kimberlee K. C. Everson

Chapter 18 – The Future of the DiP
Lynn Hemmer, Suha R. Tamim, Kelly Torres, and Kimberlee K. C. Everson

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NOTE: Table of Contents subject to change up until the publication date.