All But Dissertation (ABD)

A doctoral student has completed all of their coursework but they have not yet completed their dissertation. There are two types of doctoral candidates that fall into this category:

1) The “just arrived” and anxious to move forward.

2) The “been there for awhile” and think they will never move forward.
While both types might require help to move on, it is the latter that is likely to derive the most benefit from this article and become motivated to complete, perhaps, the most important event in their life . . .

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Summative Scale Scores and Parametric Statistics

Occasionally, doctoral students are challenged on the validity of using parametric statistics to analyze summative scale scores. I’m referring to a scale score that is derived by averaging (or summing) many Likert-type survey questions to measure an underlying construct like “emotional intelligence” for example. So, for example, let’s say . . .

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Ordinal data, continuous data, and statistical tests

Several of my clients, and their committee members have had some misunderstandings about the use of parametric statistics with ordinal data, so I decided to write this article.

Many statistical procedures such as Pearson’s correlation and Linear regression analysis require certain assumptions about the data in order for the procedure to be valid. One of those assumptions . . .

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