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ERIC Number: EJ1121776
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2194-654X
Exploring Persistence, Challenges, and Barriers of Doctoral Students
Fletcher, Edward C., Jr.; Gies, Maria; Hodge, Samuel R.
Multicultural Learning and Teaching, v6 n1 Jul 2011
The purpose of this study was to describe the meaning doctoral candidates ascribed to their persistence in doctoral programs despite challenges they experienced impeding a timely completion of their dissertations. Participants were six doctoral candidates (four women, two men) who had not yet completed a dissertation research proposal. This phenomenological study was situated in the theoretical framework of legitimate peripheral participation (Herzig, 2002) and a model of doctoral persistence (Tinto, 1993). The data sources were a demographic questionnaire and interviews (Seidman, 1998). Using thematic content analysis (Boyatzis, 1998) the following recurrent themes emerged: (a) "community lacking," which exposes a lack of perceived sense of community in the candidates' academic programs; (b) "inert relationships," which exposes a lack of meaningful relationships with academic advisors; and (c) "loss of momentum" in completing their dissertations. The findings highlight the need for programmatic initiatives that enhance future doctoral preparation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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