Making the Implicit Explicit

Making the Implicit Explicit

Creating Performance Expectations for the Dissertation

eBook - 2007
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Stylus Pub
“An excellent resource for graduate students beginning the dissertation phase, for faculty who serve on dissertation committees or as dissertation advisors, and for faculty who may teach dissertation process courses. The text is also a valuable resource for academic departments who may want or need to develop dissertation standards from the ground up or to revamp their existing standards and expectations. The strength of Lovitts' book lies in the practical usefulness of the text...and its functionality for different academic disciplines. "?The Review of Higher Education

This book and the groundbreaking study on which it is based is about making explicit to doctoral students the tacit “rules” for the assessment of the final of all final educational products—the dissertation. The purpose of defining performance expectations is to make them more transparent to graduate students while they are in the researching and writing phases, and thus to help them achieve to higher levels of accomplishment.

Book News
Lovitts (engineering education, National Academy of Engineering) takes a hard look at responses from over 270 faculty from ten major disciplines who were asked to make explicit their implicit standards or criteria, in this case for dissertations. The result is solid information on the communication end of dissertation-building and a set of very explicit rubrics advisors can use to establish, encourage, and measure work of doctoral students. She covers the dissertation and the expectations for it in general, then describes how these expectations and the rubrics built to accompany them work in dissertations in biology, physics, electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, economics, psychology, sociology, English, history and philosophy. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Sterling, Va. : Stylus, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781429484619
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 409 pages)
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