Top Ten Dissertation Searches

It is a good idea to read other dissertations in three or four areas – your area of research, your study method, from your school, and preferably a couple that your Chair has approved.

Your school should have a library database for you to access ProQuest Dissertations & Theses.  It is not possible to access this as an individual, and if you are not a student, check with your alumni office because you may be able to access the databases after graduation.

An interesting thing to know about the ProQuest site is that the top 25 accessed dissertations are updated each month.  Below is the top ten.  It is fun to speculate why people are accessing these particular dissertations.

For instance, how is the late Qing China Dynasty so popular lately?  I had to know, so upon some research of my own, it turns out major social and political reforms of this era led to the establishment of the Republic of China and their national education system, but only by way of eunuchs poisoning the Emperor.  How fascinating, and had I any idea, I may have added to the research for the next House of Cards style hit instead of my snoozer topic.

It is possible that the number one “bestseller” is on the reading list of the aides to each and every Congressperson as we wend our way through the Affordable Care Act.  And since I am an adult person who loves to both shop and learn, I will at least check out the abstracts to the numbers two and three hits.  I always felt that Publix was on to something when they played the soundtrack to my high school years.  Support is found.

As for personal responsibility in adult learning, the study predicted engagement in learning relative to belief in personal responsibility in learning.  The abstract does not suggest an alternative to who may be responsible for learning if not the learner, so that is one that I will have to read more about sometime.

Last.  I know science is trendy and STEM funding and so on, but I will just have to hear a summary on NPR’s Science Friday of the not one, but TWO, top ten dissertations on nanofluids.  For now, I will imagine that Mork from Ork is involved and all is well.


ProQuest Ten Most Accessed Disserations 2013

·  The impact of structured strategic, marketing and management information system planning on the performance of hospitals in northern New England
MCCOSH, JONATHAN G., Nova Southeastern University, 2004, D.B.A.
Subjects: Health Sciences, Health Care Management

·  In-store music’s influence on consumer responses: The development and test of a music-retail environment model
VACCARO, VALERIE L., City University of New York, 2001, Ph.D.
Subjects: Business Administration, Marketing

·  The measurement of personal responsibility in adult learning
BETTS, ANASTASIA L., Regent University, 2012, Ph.D.
Subjects: Education, Educational Psychology

·  Measurement of perceived organizational readiness for change and employees’ attitudes toward change in the public sector
CINITE, INTA, Carleton University (Canada), 2006, Ph.D.
Subjects: Business Administration, Management

·  Print and politics: “Shibao” (The Eastern Times) and the formation of the public sphere in late Qing China, 1904-1911
JUDGE, JOAN EVANGELINE, Columbia University, 1993, PH.D.
Subjects: History, Asia, Australia and Oceania

·  Leadership and management skills of preservice teachers
KOH, SHANA E., The Claremont Graduate University, 2008, Ph.D.
Subjects: Education, Teacher Training

·  The Celestial Church of Christ: Syncretism, ritual practice and the invention of tradition in a new religious movement
CARTER, JEFFREY DAVID, The University of Chicago, 1997, Ph.D.
Subjects: Religion, General

·  Experiments on Laminar Convective Heat Transfer with gamma-Aluminum Oxide Nanofluids
LAI, WEI-YUN, Arizona State University, 2010, Ph.D.
Subjects: Engineering, Mechanical

·  Computational analysis of nanofluid flow in microchannels with applications to micro-heat sinks and bio-MEMS
LI, JIE, North Carolina State University, 2008, Ph.D.
Subjects: Engineering, Mechanical

·  Corporate governance, board compensation and firm performance: An investigation of corporate governance in Taiwan’s high-tech industry
HUA, CHI-YUN, Golden Gate University, 2003, D.B.A.
Subjects: Business Administration, Management

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