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ERIC Number: EJ1130291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1755-1382
Reasons for Doctoral Non-Completion: One Non-Completing Doctoral Student's Voice on Limitations in the Academic Literature
Philpott, Carey
Practitioner Research in Higher Education, v9 n1 p67-72 May 2015
Timely completion has recently been an important focus of academic literature on supervising Doctoral students. This paper is a reflection on the academic literature on timely doctoral completion by a former Doctoral student who has been a serial non-completer. This reflection explores whether academics' constructions, reported in the research literature, of the causes and symptoms of doctoral non-completion relate to this student's experience. The reflection concludes that there is a significant blind spot in the Doctoral non-completion literature. This blind spot relates to a possible mismatch between students' and academics' conceptions of research. In addition to this conclusion, the paper is a small exemplification of educators using their own autobiographies as learners as a method for critical reflection on practice. It also considers the possibility of developing this approach into autoethnography.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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