Leaders in higher education increasingly face a number of challenges. One of the challenges is the high attrition rate of doctoral students enrolled in online programs, many of whom cite the lack of social presence as the reason for dropping out. The qualitative phenomenological study explored the perceptions and lived experiences of online doctoral students to determine how social presence develops. The present research revealed four emerging themes that describe the development of social presence in the asynchronous online learning environment. The emerging themes were writing skill, content and requirements, building relationships, and interaction. The themes offered information to leaders in education and business that may assist in developing online education programs, and virtual work teams.
This textbook comprises with outcomes of post-doctoral D.Sc. Thesis of Prof. (Dr.) Vishwa Nath Maurya; an Indian Academician and presently working at Science & Technology, University of Fiji. As such, the present textbook; a version of D.Sc. Thesis is utmost useful for doctoral and post-doctoral research scholars of all Indian and Foreign Universities in the field of Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Queueing Networks, Computer Science, Reliability & Industrial Engineering. However, as per design and curriculum of the textbook, it is useful for post-graduate students also. Outcomes of the text are supported by numerical illustrations, tables & graphs. Relevant interesting theorems are developed which are significant from application point of view in various public and private sectors such as in Railways System, Hospitals and Health Care Services, Business Organizations & Machine Repair System & other Service Centers. The textbook is entirely based on over 20 scientific research papers at post-doctoral level; published in various Indian & Foreign leading International journals of USA, Malaysia & Nigeria. It is highly expected from readers to explore present research work in future.
This book contains scientific research from the doctoral thesis “Contributions to the scientific approach of quality and quality management” written by Assoc. Prof. PhD Amelia Bucur, thesis that was realized under the scientific coordination of Prof. PhD Eng. DHC Constantin Oprean. Moreover, the book contains new unique aspects and aspects published by the authors in papers or works presented at conferences. The book also presents a result of the research activity done within the project of post-doctoral research “Contributions to the scientific approach of quality and quality management by modeling and simulation”, however, it may also be bibliographic material for courses of “Operational research”.
This book is for doctoral students in the fields of computing, engineering, health care, business and social sciences. A doctoral project proposal consists of elements such as a suitable doctoral project title, project background, literature review, research question, aim, objectives, possible outcomes, methodology, ethical considerations, project timescale, and reflection. All these elements are put in practice in a comprehensive example in this book.
'I would definitely recommend this book to students who are accepted into PhD programmes. As I was reading it, I kept thinking about my own experience as a doctoral student - and how spot on the book is!' - Professor Kristen Williams, Clark University, USAConfused about your doctoral studies? Not sure what's required but feel unable to ask? This book is for you! Addressing common concerns about processes, conventions and expectations, it helps current and prospective PhD students to avoid needless mistakes which can be costly in terms of time, money and research quality. Getting to Grips with Doctoral Research:• provides greater understanding of the doctoral process and the requirements for success• recognises the challenges facing students and offers practical solutions• uses real-life student examples, case studies and activities to bring the doctoral journey to life• is informed by the author's research into doctoral engagement among students• will be particularly relevant for those studying social science subjectsAn easy, accessible, and engaging read, the book will demystify the doctoral process and equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to complete your doctorate successfully.
This doctoral study explored the leadership implications for delivering online learning in mainstream higher education institutions by examining the characteristics, motivations, and perceptions of 163 graduate students enrolled in online academic programs at a western Canadian university. Through the use of mixed research methods, and drawing on survey, focus group, and interview data, findings revealed the diverse views and needs of participants. Leadership suggestions for effectively planning, implementing, and delivering online learning were given, as well as marketing online programs. Additionally, developing good human relationships in online learning was recommended, such as working effectively with faculty and ensuring students had quality online experiences.
This Clinical Psychology Doctoral thesis analyses the current research literature that explores the psychological impact of alcohol use in South Asian men. The chapter highlights the complexities of acculturation and religion. The second chapter o explores the psychological effects of cancer in South Asian women, using qualitative methodology. The thesis specifically illustrates the challenges faced by UK healthcare professionals providing services to this population. The final chapter provides a personal reflective account of the research process, which includes the intricate relationship of being a South Asian researcher working with South Asian participants.
A mere ten years ago, the concept of online social networking was paid little attention. Now it is the leading online activity globally counting over 1 billion users and growing. Undoubtedly this rising phenomenon brings far-reaching implications for the business world in general and for the Direct Search industry in particular. This Master’s thesis was designed to explore the increasing impact of online social networks on the Direct Search industry relying on the thorough secondary and empirical research.
Multiple Intelligence Counselling is the doctoral thesis of the author Patrick O''Brien. This book explores the thesis that Gardner''s theory of multiple intelligence is an excellent model for counselling and is as relevant in the therapy room as in classrooms. The book traces 10 case studies that demonstrate the use of Gradner''s theory in connecting with young clients in the authors practice. Secondly, it argues that the engagement of children in counselling and the development of rapport is best undertaken using a Gardner intelligence that the child is quite comfortable in using. A third point is that Sandplay allowed the counsellor the greatest flexibility in engaging and integrating all intelligences presented by Gardner. A higher level synthesis of the findings is presented in a short fairy tale "Sad knights and magical days".
Pioneering studies on HIV fitness have shown that fitness is related to disease progression and may have important clinical relevance, both in untreated and treated HIV-positive subjects. In this doctoral thesis, we have used a wide variety of predominantly primary patient HIV isolates, originating from diverse regions in the world to further explore the impact of HIV replicative fitness on the infected individual, but also on the temporal evolution of the HIV epidemic.
This book Sh.M. Uljaeva‘s was based on her doctoral thesis. This book examines the the administrative – management system state of Amir Temur. Central and local government, kurultaj, judicial-legal system, the military system was the special theme of this monograph. This book is peculiar and differ by from other works on the subject and entity. We think this is an interesting and academic book will find its readers.
The Thesis analysis and established 10 key success factors for every business to consider when establishing and marketing an online shop to its target customers. The thesis is split in two parts. The first part analysis the power and growing influence of E- Commerce in Germany and especially the fashion industry. Also, it works out 10 key success factors for fashion companies to implement when establishing an online shop for its products. The second part evaluates the application of those factors in the german fashion industry today, especially focussing on the well known German shoe brand Tamaris.
The good news is that students from African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian ethnicities are entering and matriculating doctoral degrees at higher percentages than at any other time in the history of higher education. The bad news is that these students continue to be significantly underrepresented in doctoral education. This book explains through research the human cost of these students' early departure from higher education.
Foundations of Online Higher Education looks first at the origin of distance higher education. It next examines the three phases in the development of distance and online degree programs and the quality standards used to guide and assess them. It then considers data elicited from 25 United States doctoral/research-extensive universities in the five key areas of online institutional activity defined by the regional agencies that accredit all higher education institutions nationally. The findings provide important new information in the areas of: 1) institutional context and commitment, 2) curriculum and instruction, 3) faculty support, 4) student support and 5) evaluation and assessment. An analysis of the data provides critical new understanding in light of both extant research and accrediting agency standards. Implications for online policy and practice are explored in some depth as are a number of directions for further research.
This book deals with marketing strategies adopted by leading pharmaceutical companies in Hematinic segment. It is a Doctoral thesis work, submitted in 2007 to Bharathidasan University, India. The author has associated with pharmaceutical industry for around 20 years as a marketing professional. This research was conducted to provide guidelines for social welfare participants to learn and understand commercial marketing strategies with reference to anaemia. Author has assisted as co-investigator in the funded project dealt with IFA (Iron Folic Acid) tablet distribution scheme of Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).
The work leading to this doctoral thesis has been carried out by me as a research scholar at the School of Mathematics and Computer Applications (SMCA) of this University. These three years (2006-09) have been very stimulating and instructive for me. Beginning with the revision of trigonometric series, the book moves on to deal with integrability, L1-convergence, Fourier series, complex trigonometric series and double trigonometric series.
X-ray observations of active galactic nuclei and black-hole binaries offer a unique laboratory for testing general relativity in the strong-gravity regime, for studying accretion physics around black holes, and for constraining properties of accreting black holes. This book represents the author''s Doctoral Thesis. It contains a brief introduction to the black-hole physics and X-ray astronomy as well as the original scientific results. A special attention is focused on black hole spin measurements employing the relativistic iron line profiles in the X-ray domain.
Biomass incineration for the generation of heat and electricity has increased in recent years and this trend is expected to be continued. Ashes as inorganic residues from incineration contain nutrients, but also heavy metals and unburnt carbon. Bottom ashes with low levels of heavy metals are usually used as fertilizers in forests and on fields. Fly ashes are highly contaminated with heavy metals and must therefore be properly disposed of. In view of the rising amount of biomass ashes, this doctoral thesis analyzes different ways for the utilization of biomass ashes – especially heavy metal contaminated fly ashes. The following topics are part of the doctoral thesis: • Validation of the analytical method ICP-OES for determining the concentrations of Al, As, B, Ba, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, Pb, Sb, Sr, Ti, V, and Zn • Extraction experiments for the investigation of the mobility of heavy metals and nutrients • Experiments of the influence of fly ashes on plant growth • Air classification of fly ashes and investigation of the elemental concentrations in different grain sizes • Analysis of the possibility of using fly ashes as secondary material in the cement industry
Many academic libraries attempt to source their collections from all the publications available. However, librarians may fail in this attempt because of some factors that prevent them from building a comprehensive collection of materials. The increasing price of periodicals and books and the unchanged budget for inter-library loan have precluded librarians from providing their best reference service to users. This study makes a contribution in topping a list of core journals cited on Education doctoral dissertations. A core list is helpful for students to use as a guide when they carry out a literature review. The aim is to identify the characteristics of cited literature in Education Doctoral Degree dissertations submitted to Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur, Maharashtra, INDIA. This includes finding out the various type of information resources used in research projects as well as other main variables, such as: language distribution of cited documents, publication frequency, authorship patterns, country of publishing, subject areas, chronological distribution of total citation, core journal titles used in the field.
This book is a part of a doctoral study of Bulent Dos. The main aim of the doctoral study was "The Evaluation Of Applicability Of Blended Learning Model In An Instructional Technologies And Material Design Course." This book was prepared according to some part of the online session of the blended course. Students were asked to write weekly blogs after blended course. Blog postings were analyzed according to the "Reflective Writing Framework" and content analysis were conducted to explore the sharings of the students. This study showed that blogs can be accepted as an instructional tool, feedback tool or reflection tool in university settings.
The purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand the socialization experiences of part-time doctoral students as a result of peer mentorship. Part-time doctoral students are identified as students who are maintaining full-time employment or obligations outside of the university. The 21 participants in this study were all enrolled in a large university at the time of the study. A composite description including themes of collegiality and isolation in the participants’ experiences with peer mentorship are developed. Participants experienced collegiality through nurturing mentoring, educative mentoring, dyadic co-mentoring with peers, workplace colleagues and personal friends who provided efficacious experiences as they negotiated their scholarly identity. Isolation includes feelings of being second-tier doctoral students and life getting in the way combined with feelings of negative self-efficacy. Interrelationships between the themes and subthemes are delineated. Suggestions are provided for both part-time doctoral students and their faculty in order to facilitate the process of socialization to the academy through peer mentorship.
Hand Book of Thesis- (Drafting & Writing Thesis) is one of its kinds that provides the applied structure of thesis and dissertation writing for any Social Science and Management scholar to use, refer and apply in thesis writing. Lucid and simplicity with direct appli9ed examples provides this book an edge over the theoretical texts. This is the hand book and hand tool of thesis drafting. The contents cover all technical aspects to cover page to en page of any thesis with right sequencing, technical structure and research jargons for direct referencing and use. International standards and examples are used for making the life of a research scholar easy. Every technical writings are provided with minute details like Table of Content, List of Figures, List of Tables, List of Abbreviations, List of Local Names and Places, Chapter wise structure, all technical jargon headings, sourcing, citation, referencing, bibliography, appendices etc. all that is required for a complete thesis writing. This is a complete guide book for research scholars in their thesis drafting in Ph. D., M. Phil. & Master programmes.
I have immense pleasure to bring out this thesis which is basically designed to covers the determinants and dimensions of food insecurity at urban household level. This thesis was written for fulfilling partial requirements of Master's Degree in Economics in Mekelle University in 2011. This thesis will useful for researchers, undergraduate and postgraduate level students.This thesis will equally serves both social and natural science students and researchers. It will provides very important concepts and methodologies on food security, food insecurity and urban households livelihood strategies to cope up from food insecurity problem.This thesis has been written particularly keeping mind both theoretical and empirical literatures on food security and food insecurity at urban level. After going through this thesis, one will be well equipped to venture in the concepts of food security and food insecurity without getting confused.
This bachelor thesis is a purely theoretical assessment of the concept of online brand communities and the opportunities and benefits in store for companies, when tending to and maintaining online communities centered around its brand. The study employs real life examples of current online brand communities, such as Alienware, Star Trek and Rubik''s Cube. The report is governed by four main perspectives concerning the activities and interactions taking place on online brand communities. These are conpany-consumer communication, consumer-consumer knowledge exchange, reinforcement of the brand, and social interaction and consumer bonding. Finally, the report introduces a model which provides an overview of the different activities and practices and the opportunities and benefits these entail.
Agricultural operations affect the soil’s capability for water infiltration and storage. In this doctoral thesis, agricultural impacts in terms of soil compaction and different tillage techniques on the soil hydraulic properties and the water-conducting pores were analyzed. In the first part, infiltration measurements in differently compacted subsoil treatments of an arable field in Lincoln/New Zealand were used to characterize the effects on the soil’s porosity and its associated water-conducting properties. In the second part, the impact of different tillage techniques – conventional (CT), reduced (RT), and no-tillage (NT) – on the hydraulic properties of an arable field in Raasdorf/Austria and its temporal dynamics were captured by repeated measurements. In the third part, data from the tillage study was used to parameterize a soil water simulation with constant and time-variable hydraulic parameters. The results of this thesis give evidence that soil hydraulic properties are strongly altered by soil compaction and different tillage operations. The thesis also shows the importance of temporal variations of soil hydraulic properties and its incorporation in hydrological models.
Writing a dissertation/thesis is a complicated process. This book serves to help novice researchers to complete this task, ranging from the title, introduction, literature review, methodology, result and discussion, to summary and recommendations. The format, language, tone, and style will be discussed. Examples are given so that the researchers can follow suit. A practical and systematic guide to completing a dissertation/ thesis.
The purpose of this exploratory, phenomenological study was to uncover the common experiences of doctoral student completers in one leadership program. This study was conducted in cooperation with post-graduates ten years after program completion. It was conducted using qualitative methodology in a bound, case study format. Survey and interview data were collected and analyzed for common themes based upon the predetermined themes of leadership identity development and job and career paths. Findings provided a voice to the doctoral students and added to current research on leadership identity development, graduate student career paths, and the assessment of doctoral programs. Further exploration into the sub-themes uncovered in this study may offer insight into adult development as well as the concepts of human and social capital.
This publication is part of a thesis titled "Online Interactive Language Utilities for Bangla and English Using PHP Script and Adobe Flash Technology" by Shiblee Imtiaz Hasan. The project was done in 2009 in collaboration with the Center for Research on Bangla Language Processing (CRBLP) and supervised by Professor Mumit Khan, chairperson of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. More information about the author and recent developments of the project could be found at www.shiblee.me.
One of the major components of the Postgraduate curriculum is writing thesis. Work for writing the Thesis is aimed at contributing to the development of a spirit of enquiry, besides exposing the candidate to the techniques of research, critical analysis, acquaintance with the latest advances in medical science and the manner of identifying and consulting available literature. Every candidate shall have to carry out work on an assigned research project under the guidance of a recognised Post Graduate Teacher, the result of which shall be written up and submitted in the form of a Thesis. Thesis shall have to be be submitted at least six months before the Theory and Clinical / Practical examination. Acknowledgement: Dr Mahalaqua Nazli Khatib; Dr Quazi Syed Zahiruddin