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Dissertation in Practice Formats: Example Guidelines

Action Research

Policy Analysis


Modified Manuscript Model

Multiple Possible Products and/or Formats

Additional Resources

Sample Dissertations

DiP Award Winners


Database of Dissertations in Practice from CPED-Influenced EdD Programs


Relevant Literature & Videos 

Action Research and the Educational Doctorate: New Promises and Visions
Zambo, D. & Isai, S. (2013).Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 8(1): 97-112.

Action Research as Signature Pedagogy in an Education Doctorate Program: The Reality and Hope
Zambo, D. (2010).

Preparing Ed.D. students to conduct group dissertations. Browne-Ferrigno, T., & Jensen, J. M. (2012). Innovative Higher Education, 37(5).

Conceptualizing the innovation: factors influencing doctoral candidates’ interventions in the action research dissertation. Wetzel, K. & Ewbank, A. (2013). Educational Action Research, 21(3) 392-411.

Dr. Joseph Murphy (Vanderbilt): Eliminate Dissertation in EdD programs (June 2014)
Dr. Doug Archibald (Delaware): The Problem Based Thesis (June 2014)

Archbald, D. (2008). Research versus problems solving for the Educational Leadership Doctoral Thesis: Implications for form and function. Educational Administration Quarterly (44)7. Pp 704-739

Archbald, D. (2013). The GAPPSI Method: Problem-solving, Planning, and Communicating - Concepts and Strategies for Leadership in Education. NCPEA Publications

Willis, J., Inman, D., & Valenti, R. (2010). Completing a professional practice dissertation: A guide for doctoral students and faculty. Information Age Publishing: Charlotte, NC

University of Southern California Capstone & Thematic Dissertation (October 2008)

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