ERIC Number: EJ1019022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
How Do Interaction Experiences Influence Doctoral Students' Academic Pursuits in Biomedical Research?
Kong, Xiaoqing; Chakraverty, Devasmita; Jeffe, Donna B.; Andriole, Dorothy A.; Wathington, Heather D.; Tai, Robert H.
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v33 n3-4 p76-84 Jun-Aug 2013
This exploratory qualitative study investigated how doctoral students reported their personal and professional interaction experiences that they believed might facilitate or impede their academic pursuits in biomedical research. We collected 19 in-depth interviews with doctoral students in biomedical research from eight universities, and we based our qualitative analytic approach on the work of Miles and Huberman. The results indicated that among different sources and types of interaction, academic and emotional interactions from family and teachers in various stages essentially affected students' persistence in the biomedical science field. In addition, co-mentorship among peers, departmental environment, and volunteer experiences were other essential factors. This study also found related experiences among women and underrepresented minority students that were important to their academic pursuit.
Descriptors: Biomedicine, Scientific Research, Medical Research, Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Interpersonal Relationship, Interprofessional Relationship, Academic Persistence, Student Attrition, Educational Experience, Influences, Medical Schools, Females, Minority Group Students, Qualitative Research, Semi Structured Interviews
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