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Outliving Your Dissertation

A Guide for Students and Faculty

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Edited By Antonina Lukenchuk

This guide focuses on the dissertation work as a step-by-step process and details the structure and the content of dissertation chapters. Unique to this edition is its conception of the dissertation in optimistic, realistic, and symbolic terms, which altogether provide theoretical basis and practical advice to students who are beginning their dissertation process. The guide features the personal accounts of doctoral students who have gone through the experience, which makes this edition stand out among other similar books on the market.
Dissertation is the work of a laborer, a craftsman, and an artist. Long hours of hard labor with our hands and head go into developing ideas, planning, and implementing research projects such as dissertations. But what ultimately drives our academic pursuits and, therefore makes them successful and enjoyable is inspiration that sets our hearts on fire and makes it impossible not to venture on the journey. The uncharted territories of the dissertation process – life events and happenings – make the path toward the highest academic degree attainment both exciting and challenging. Just like life itself with its unplanned and unpredictable twists and turns, the dissertation journey requires strength of character and an unwavering faith in one’s self and in the ultimate value of the pursuit of knowledge. So, why merely survive? Let’s enjoy the dissertation journey!
The guide is intended primarily for doctoral students pursuing dissertations in social sciences, as well as for faculty who teach doctoral-level research courses and seminars and supervise doctoral dissertations.   

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Part One: Itinerary for Dissertation Beginners

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Itinerary for Dissertation Beginners p a r t o n e He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. —Francis oF assisi w o n d e r : a d r i v i n g f o r c e f o r i n q u i r y Dissertation is the work of a labourer, a craftsman, and an artist. Long hours of hard labour with our hands and head go into developing ideas, planning, and implementing research projects such as dissertations. But what ultimately drives our academic pursuits and, therefore, makes them successful and enjoyable is inspiration that sets our hearts on fire and makes it impossible not to venture on the journey. So what are your interests and passions? What propels your sense of wonder? Like any pursuit to know, dissertation begins in wonder. Wonder ( wundor – a “marvellous thing, miracle, object of astonishment”) can be defined as (a) a “feeling of surprise, mingled with admiration, caused by something beau- tiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable; (b) the quality of a person or thing causes such a feeling; (c) a strange or remarkable person, thing, or event; (d) having remarkable properties or abilities; and (e) a surprising event or situation” (Stevenson & Lindberg, 2010, p. 1987). Dissertation Journey at a Glance From Wonder to a Completed Project antonina lukenchuk c...

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