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Doctoral Education in Social Work$
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Jeane W. Anastas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195378061

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378061.001.0001

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The Dissertation

The Dissertation

(p.127) 6 The Dissertation
Doctoral Education in Social Work

Jeane W. Anastas

Oxford University Press

The dissertation requirement can be considered the signature pedagogy in doctoral education. What little research exists on doctoral dissertations in social work suggests that there is room for improvement in dissertation quality. Models of dissertation advisement are reviewed. About half of the respondents had begun the dissertation process. Whereas satisfaction ratings by students were generally good, open-ended comments suggested there were problems in several areas. Although no survey items addressed comprehensive examinations, this program component was criticized in student comments. The availability and effectiveness of dissertation support was seen to be quite variable even within programs and was often lacking after course completion, when students felt they were “cut loose.”

Keywords:   dissertation, advisement/mentoring, comprehensive examinations, social work education, doctoral education

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