The Qualitative Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association invites nominations of dissertations in educational research that exemplify excellence in qualitative methodology and that may typify the SIG’s mission to emphasize “ways that qualitative research may contribute to reducing inequality and injustice in schools and society”. The American Educational Research Association will also recognize the winner of the qualitative dissertation award.
Dissertations defended during Spring/Summer/Fall 2017 semesters, no later than Monday, December 4, 2017, will be eligible for consideration. The committee chair must receive nominations by Friday, December 8, 2017. The committee will not consider late or incomplete nominations. Award finalists will be contacted by the third week of January 2017. Finalists will then be asked to supply a full copy of the dissertation to distribute to the committee for further consideration.
Send nomination packets to:
M. Francyne Huckaby, Ph.D.
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76109
To nominate a dissertation, the nomination packet must include the following five (5) items (if submitting paper copies, submit 3 complete sets of materials):
1. One (1) letter of faculty endorsement from a member of the student’s dissertation committee who is also an AERA member, attesting that the dissertation was completed by the student during the award period specified above and that the faculty member nominating or endorsing the nomination served on the dissertation committee. The letter should include the dissertation defense date, a brief clarification of the purposes, scope and quality of the student’s dissertation research, an explanation of how the dissertation contributes to the field of qualitative methodology (in terms of theory and practice) and a discussion of why it is deserving of this methodological award
2. A title page for the dissertation (including university/college, name of the professor chairing the dissertation committee and a complete list of committee members). In addition to the title page, please include contact information (phone and e-mail) of the nominee to be used for all correspondence regarding the award;
3. The Table of Contents from the dissertation;
4. A summary of the dissertation, prepared by the nominee, that gives an overview of the research, a description of individual chapters, and a statement that provides a context for how the representative chapter submitted (see item 5 below) fits within the overall dissertation (double spaced, 12 pt. type, 10 pages maximum);
5. One representative chapter from the dissertation that best exemplifies the contribution of the dissertation to theorizing and implementing qualitative methodology;
Criteria for judging the merits of the dissertation include:
1) The significance and timeliness of the methodological issue(s) addressed;
2) The integrity and quality of the discussion and implementation of the qualitative methods used for an empirical study, and;
3) The contribution of the dissertation to the advancement of knowledge about an area of or issue in qualitative research methodology.
Dissertation nominations should also add to theoretical and practical knowledge about contemporary methodological issues in qualitative research in order to be considered for the award. Please be aware that dissertations utilizing qualitative methods, but that do not contribute significantly to the theorization or implementation of qualitative methodology and do not substantially address contemporary issues in qualitative methodology, are not eligible for the award.