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ERIC Number: EJ791870
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1546
"What's Too Much and What's Too Little?": The Process of Becoming an Independent Researcher in Doctoral Education
Gardner, Susan K.
Journal of Higher Education, v79 n3 p326-350 May-Jun 2008
The transition to independent scholar is part and parcel of the doctoral education process (Council of Graduate Schools, 2005) as well as an integral part of the socialization process that occurs while in graduate school (Weidman, Twale, & Stein, 2001). This article details the journey toward independence, rooted in the socialization process of graduate school, as experienced by 40 doctoral students in the disciplines of chemistry and history at two institutions. The author begins with an overview of the process of independence as experienced by students, including a discussion of socialization in graduate school, the guiding framework for the study and its analysis. She then discusses the methods of the study, followed by the study's findings, conclusions, and implications for policy, practice, and research. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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