Saturday, April 2, 2011


It's April and this will be the month that I defend my dissertation proposal. This is essentially the first three chapters: introduction, literature review, and methodology. My committee will help me be sure my research questions and methods are in good shape and passing the defense will mean I am free to conduct the research. Of course there is the whole human subjects approval from the university which involves lots of paperwork and red tape (I go through the same process to interview teachers as someone might go through to test therapy or drugs on people!). It will be a good hurdle to clear but it's also nerve-wracking as I lead up to it. The actual date is still not determined because getting five busy professors and a grad student in the same room for a few hours is not easy.

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