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ERIC Number: ED453725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 31
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How Male and Female Doctoral Students Experience Their Doctoral Programs Similarly and Differently.
Cao, Wei
The life and educational experiences of nine male students during their doctoral programs were studied using the narrative tradition of qualitative research with multiple interviews with each participant. Their responses were then compared with those from a similar dissertation study that focused on the experiences of female graduate students from similar universities (A. Ford on, 1996). The comparative study indicates that gender is a contextual factor in the lives of doctoral students. The academic, psychological and financial stressors are similar for both males and females, but their coping strategies differ. Males had a stronger "breadwinner" mindset and experienced more stress financially as graduate students. For females, social and ideological prejudices were an extra burden. An appendix describe participants' characteristics. (Contains 3 tables and 30 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).