Disseration & HSIRB Examples

Disseration & HSIRB Examples

Educational Leadership

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (Ph.D.)

The following are examples of quality dissertation proposals (i.e., the first three chapters of the dissertation). These proposals were approved by each doctoral candidate’s full dissertation committee prior to the student submitting application materials to WMU’s Human Subject Institutional Review Board (HSIRB). In addition, there are links to the approved HSIRB applications and proposals and, for those students who have finished their full dissertation and successfully defended it, powerpoint presentations from their oral defense (and their final dissertation).

Please note that the dissertation proposals are written in the future tense and may contain some things that were ultimately developed and/or changed for the final dissertation. Also, be aware that prior to submitting your HSIRB application, students must pass a number of on-line training modules.

In order to apply for HSRIB approval, you must submit a hard copy of the required HSRIB application (it is the “Application for Initial Review” located about half-way down the page), along with a separate document that summarizes how you plan to address each requested area on page 3 of that form within the “VIII. Protocol Outline” section. In addition, attach the appendices of that document, all consent forms (with required elements noted on page 4 of the form under “IX. Consent Document Development Checklist”), as well as recruitment letters, interview outlines and/or the survey to be used. Julian Mays, in the HSRIB office, is happy to address questions you might have about the process, and can be reached at (269) 387-8293. 

Completed Examples:

Barbara Johnson, Ph.D. (December, 2007)
Leadership-Influenced Practices that Impact Classroom Instruction Related to Writing: A Case Study of a Successful Elementary School
(K-12 Qualitative, Case Study Approach)
1) Approved Proposal (3/07), 2) IRB Application Form, 3) IRB Proposal, 4) Final Dissertation and 5) Oral Defense Powerpoint

Rebecca Brinks, Ph.D. (December, 2007)
Intensive Professional Development Literacy Instruction for Preschool Teachers
(Higher Education/Early Childhood; Mixed Methods using a Secondary Data Set)
1) Approved Proposal (6/07) | 2 & 3) HSRIB Exempt Letter | 4) Final Dissertation | 5) Oral Defense Powerpoint

Ann Rea Kopy, Ed.D. (December, 2006)
A Case Study of the Efficacy of a University Cohort Group in a Small Urban School District
(K-12 Qualitative, Case Study Approach)
1) Approved Proposal (11/05) | 2) IRB Application Form | 3) IRB Proposal
4) Final Dissertation - Part 1, Part 2

Wendy Samuels, Ph.D. (June, 2005)
The Persistence of Adult Undergraduates on a Traditional Oriented University Campus(Qualitative Method)
1) Approved Proposal (12/04) | 2) IRB Application Form | 3) IRB Proposal
4) Final Dissertation | 5) Oral Defense Powerpoint

Deb Thalner, Ph.D. (June, 2005)
The Practice of Continous Improvement in Higher Education
(On-line Survey Quantitative Method)
1) Approved Proposal (11/04) | 2) IRB Application Form | 3) IRB Proposal
4) Final Dissertation | 5) Oral Defense Powerpoint

Dave Gaunt, Ph.D. (June, 2005)
High School Seniors' Perceptions of Career and Technical Education and Factors Influencing Their Decision to Attend an Area Career Technical Center
(Printed Survey; Quantitative Method)
1) Approved Proposal (9/04) | 2) IRB Application Form | 3) IRB Proposal
4) Final Dissertation - 1 2 3 | 5) Oral Defense Powerpoint

Manuel Rupe, Ph.D. (December, 2005)
Higher Education Attorneys’ Perceptions Regarding Academic Freedom
(On-line Survey Quantitative Method)
1) Approved Proposal (4/05) | 2) IRB Application Form | 3) IRB Proposal
4) Final Dissertation | 5) Oral Defense Powerpoint

Suzette Compton, Ph.D. (December, 2005)
Salary Negotiation Strategies of Female Administrators in Higher Education
(Qualitative Method)
1) Approved Proposal (3/05) | 2) IRB Application Form | 3) IRB Proposal
4) Final Dissertation | 5) Oral Defense Powerpoint

Daryl Delabbio, Ph.D. (July, 2006)
Non-traditional Path to Presidencies of Institutions of Higher Learning in Michigan
(Qualitative Method)
1) Approved Proposal (6/05) | 2) IRB Application Form | 3) IRB Proposal
4) Final Dissertation | 5) Oral Defense Powerpoint

Xuejin Lu Ph.D. (December, 2005)
Teacher Quality and Teacher Preparedness in Seconday Public Schools: Evidence from SASS 1999-2000.
(Quantitative using National Data Set)
1) Approved Proposal (10/05) | 2) IRB Application Form | 3) IRB Proposal
4) Final Dissertation

Our thanks to the doctoral students who agreed to have their proposals and other dissertation materials posted to this website as examples.

 

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