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ERIC Number: EJ1098896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0894-8453
Graduate Student Perceptions and Experiences of Professional Development Activities
Rizzolo, Sonja; DeForest, Aubreena R.; DeCino, Daniel A.; Strear, Molly; Landram, Suzanne
Journal of Career Development, v43 n3 p195-210 Jun 2016
Graduate higher education has done little to assess and understand graduate students' needs and experiences beyond the classroom. Therefore, we conducted a phenomenological study using multiple data collection tools, including survey and focus groups from two different time periods to implement a multiphase needs assessment. The goal of the evaluation was to better understand graduate students' overall needs and experiences related to professional development at a public Carnegie classified Doctoral Research University in the Rocky Mountain Region. Results revealed the following themes: "perceptions of professional development in graduate school," "finding balance is never ending," "experiences of personal and professional barriers," and "the importance of faculty and peer relationships." Discussion, implications, limitations, and a conclusion 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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