Unit 5: Module 5 - Module 5 Assignment 2a Module 5 Assignment 2a: Interview Doctoral Researchers Please note that this assignment is to be completed in two parts. M52a is to be completed and submitted to the M52a drop box and response to M52b is to be posted to the M52b discussion forum. During this course, you have begun to understand that a dissertation is a multi-faceted research project. You may have heard of the term ABD (all but dissertation). There are a sizeable number of doctoral students who have completed their coursework, passed their comprehensive examinations, but never have completed their dissertations. You may wonder how this might happen. For example, were these students who did not complete their dissertations really scholarly impostors who did not possess sufficient knowledge and skills? What can you do to avoid this? This assignment requires you to interview two people who have successfully completed doctoral programs. Your goal in this assignment is to carefully consider and organize the body of your paper around these three key ideas: What most assisted your interviewees in completing their major research projects or dissertations? What challenges did your interviewees experience? What specific recommendations do your interviewees have for successful completion? Use the following guidelines as you conduct your interview to help you achieve the above three goals: Select individuals to interview, if possible, who are not AU faculty or staff members, since one purpose of this assignment is to broaden your perspectives regarding conducting doctoral research. Each interview should take 30–45 minutes, depending on how responsive your interviewees are. You may conduct your interviews in person or by phone. Prior to meeting your interviewees, develop 10–15 interview questions you will ask each of them that will hep you to address the above three goals. It is important to ask the same questions to both. The first question or two should help you understand their research topics and why the topics were of interest to your interviewees. In addition it could be very useful to your research to ask questions like these: What tips do they have for locating good materials, especially research articles? How long did it take the interviewee from start to finish? What resources were required, such as technology, postage, and other costs? Another important area of information concerns the role of the committee chair and the committee members. Several questions should be asked to help you explore what assisted each person the most in completing the research or dissertation. Trying to understand the challenges each interviewee faced will also require several questions. As you conduct each interview, you may ask related, follow up questions to help you better understand each interviewee’s response, such as: “Could you give me a specific example of what you meant when you said …?” or “Could you provide a little more detail about …?” T.