ERIC Number: ED435757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Fostering Research by Female Graduate Students through Mentoring.
Conners, Nicola A.; Franklin, Kathy K.
During the summer semester of 1997, six female graduate students participated in a qualitative research methods course specifically designed to facilitate peer and instructor research mentoring. This study explored the experiences of the six students as related to the qualitative research course and the attitudes of these women about graduate scholarship and constructed a theoretical framework on female research mentoring. Data collection involved telephone interviews the semester following the course, e-mail interviews a year later, and a follow-up focus group session with 5 of the 6 graduate students 18 months after the class. The theoretical framework developed from the findings identified four constructs related to research by female graduate students. These included: (1) overarching research barriers; (2) time management concerns; (3) perceived gender differences that influence research production; and (4) obstacles to research because of family commitments. The framework also identified the mentoring solutions for each of the constructs and the benefits of the qualitative research class as related to those solutions. (Contains 1 figure and 10 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Point Clear, AL, November 16-19, 1999).