ERIC Number: ED410253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
The Dissertation Barriers Scale.
Green, Kathy E.; Kluever, Raymond C.
Barriers to doctoral dissertation completion were identified from a review of empirical studies of doctoral graduates and graduate students who had not completed a dissertation (ABD students) and reviews of components of doctoral persistence. The Dissertation Barriers Scale, comprising 45 items, was constructed and administered jointly with 2 validation measures, to samples of 142 graduates of a College of Education and 97 ABDs. Results suggest four subscales to explain item intercorrelations. They were labeled: (1) advisor/committee functioning, 11 items, alpha=0.82; (2) personal organization and skills, 9 items, alpha=0.81; (3) time management and external pressures, 12 items, alpha=0.81; and (4) research skills, 7 items, alpha=0.71. The remaining items formed unique factors and were deleted. Subscales significantly differentiated graduates and ABDs. Subscales also correlated significantly, though at low to moderate levels, with validation measures. Results suggest the Dissertation Barriers Scale to be useful in research of doctoral student persistence. (Contains 4 tables and 20 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).