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ERIC Number: ED566026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 165
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ISBN: 978-1-3037-0341-6
Factors of Attrition in Cohort Doctoral Education: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective
Garcia, Linda Ann
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Texas at Arlington
Attrition rates, completion rates, and time to degree are the key areas researchers have sought to examine influencing factors and patterns of behavior that describe the departure process of students in doctoral study. Through the lens of self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985), the purpose of this phenomenological qualitative study was to examine and describe the intrinsic motivation experiences of doctoral level education cohort program students, those who are still in process and those who have completed. Specifically, this study focuses on investigating the variables of autonomy, competence, and relatedness in nine doctoral-level education cohort program participants who are in various stages of their doctoral program. This research revealed that there are many factors that influence students' progress. The factors includes: selection of topic, management of time, dealing with the challenges of statics, writing and research, connection to advisor, connection to cohort, personal life situation, breaks in the program, continuous feedback from advisor, and professional promotion and challenges during the program. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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