In this episode, Dr. Dani Babb exposes five dissertation myths, gives you the facts, and how to manage what is sometimes the cold, hard truth about this process.
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Myth #1: Your dissertation needs to solve a huge problem.
Fact: Your dissertation does not need to solve world hunger. It needs to contribute to the academic body of knowledge.
Myth #2: Your dissertation problem statement needs to be broad enough that it can be applied universally.
Fact: Your problem statement needs to be narrow and specific.
Myth #3: Your dissertation will be published and read by the entire scholarly community.
Fact: Your dissertation will be read by your committee, maybe some members of the college, but likely not by anyone else.
Myth #4: You cannot move forward if you do not hit your required sample size.
Fact: You can move forward without the required sample size (work with your committee on how to frame this).
Myth #5: Your Dissertation Committee will agree about your work, then you can charge ahead.
Fact: Your committee is comprised of individuals with differing perspectives; there will be disagreements.
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