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ERIC Number: EJ1054428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1938-8926
Persistence Motivations of Chinese Doctoral Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Zhou, Ji
Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, v7 n3 p177-193 Sep 2014
This study explored what motivated 6 Chinese international students to complete a PhD in science, technology, engineering, and math fields in the United States despite perceived dissatisfaction. This study was grounded in the value-expectancy achievement motivation theory and incorporated a Confucian cultural lens to understand motivation. Four motivations emerged: (a) intrinsic interest in research, (b) overly broad and optimistic view of American doctoral education, (c) high utility value of a PhD in obtaining permanent residence, and (d) high social cost of quitting. Confucian cultural beliefs in malleability, the importance of effort, interdependent self, and filial piety shaped these motivations. Scholarly and practical implications are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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