Are you interested in conducting a dissertation or thesis that provides meaningful service to an organization or community? You are not alone. Many students want to conduct program evaluation, action research, community-engaged studies, and other forms of collaborative inquiry that do not easily fit traditional structures for dissertation and thesis writing.
This webinar focuses on three questions to consider when conducting a service-oriented dissertation or thesis:
What is a service-oriented dissertation or thesis, including its purpose and characteristics?
How do I work productively with my dissertation or thesis committee, as well as the organization or community where the inquiry takes place?
How do I communicate and present the inquiry work to meet university requirements and the needs of the organization or community being served?
About the Presenters
Dr Tamara Walser is a professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she coordinates the M.S. concentration in Evaluation and Organizational Learning, and the certificate program in Evaluation. Dr. Walser teaches courses in evaluation and inquiry methods, and mentors graduate students through their dissertation, thesis, and culminating project experiences.
Dr Mike Trevisan is Dean of the College of Education and Professor at Washington State University. He has taught courses in program evaluation and measurement, and chaired or served on the committees of 49 doctoral students.
Drs. Walser and Trevisan co-authored the book, Completing Your Evaluation Dissertation, Thesis, or Culminating Project (SAGE). They also co-authored, Evaluability Assessment: Improving Evaluation Quality and Use (SAGE).
Drs. Charles Vanover, Mariaelena Bartesaghi, and Silvana di Gregorio discuss contemporary approaches to transcription. In the first half of the webinar, they will discuss how to use machine-generated transcription to develop rich first drafts of transcripts. The automated process they describe allows qualitative researchers to reduce time spent in hand transcription while providing abundant opportunity to engage with data.
In the second half of the webinar, Charles Vanover then provides how-tos for narrativizing transcribed text. Mariaelena Bartesaghi discusses the theory and practice of transcription of spoken discourse in discourse studies, focusing on the problems of why we should transcribe features of talk, how much talk to transcribe, and the material difference these decisions make to our analyses. Silvana di Gregorio discusses new research designs for taking advantage of the time savings and responsiveness of automated transcription.
About the Presenters
Mariaelena Bartesaghi (Phd University of Pennsylvania) is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of South Florida. By way of a synthetic approach to discourse analysis, she studies dynamics of accountability and authority in organizational and institutional settings.
Silvana di Gregorio, PhD, is Research Director at QSR International. She is a sociologist and a former academic. She has been training, consulting, and publishing about qualitative data analysis software since 1995. She is author of Using Web 2.0 Tools for Qualitative Analysis and co-author with Judith Davidson of Qualitative Research Design for Software Users and Qualitative Research and Technology: In the Midst of a Revolution, and co-author with Linda Gilbert and Kristi Jackson of Tools for Qualitative Analysis. She is part of the product development team at QSR.
Charles Vanover (PhD University of Michigan) is Associate Professor in Educational Leadership at the University of South Florida. Charles’ work on transcription is showcased on the verbatim scripts he has published in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies, Art/Research International, the International Journal of Education & the Arts, and The Qualitative Report.