ERIC Number: EJ1061013
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
International Students' Motivation to Pursue and Complete a Ph.D. in the U.S.
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, v69 n5 p719-733 May 2015
This study explores what motivates 19 international students to pursue a Ph.D. at a public research university in the U.S. and, more importantly, what motivates them to persist despite unsatisfying socialization. Based on value-expectancy achievement motivation theory, four motivations emerged: intrinsic interest in research, intrinsic interest in teaching, high utility of a U.S.-earned Ph.D., and high emotional and social cost of quitting. As students' educational experiences unfolded, the influence of these motivations changed over time. Findings and implications are discussed in connection with the achievement motivation theory and the literature on international student mobility. Implication for future research is also provided.
Descriptors: Foreign Students, College Students, Student Motivation, Doctoral Degrees, Academic Persistence, Research, Socialization, Academic Achievement, Theories, Expectation, Teaching (Occupation), Educational Benefits, Student Mobility, Emotional Experience, Social Integration, Withdrawal (Education)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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