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ERIC Number: EJ847721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0160-5429
Motivation for Obtaining the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in the Post-Soviet Era: The Case of Estonia
Karner, Anita; Kukemelk, Hasso; Herdlein, Richard J.
International Education, v35 n1 p24-34 Fall 2005
This is essentially a qualitative study, a fact-finding activity to gather, analyze, and interpret evidence of student motivation in completing the terminal degree in Estonia. It uses a variety of interpretive research methodologies appropriate for a phenomenological approach. Thirteen doctoral candidates who defended their doctoral thesis (dissertation) within the last two years at the University of Tartu were selected for interviews. The results of the findings are: (1) The most personal motive to start doctoral studies has been a deep interest in research as a profession and the potential for an academic career; (2) Most doctoral study in Estonia is carried out in the form of an apprenticeship. At the same time, the education of top intellectuals is insufficient on the doctoral level because there are few real classes available; (3) The income of doctoral students is most often related to teaching classes in the university. The students whose supervisors have research grants are often paid. They receive additional stipendium or monies for assisting with research; and (4) The most significant motive to have doctoral studies in Estonian universities has been the need to provide a new generation of academic staff. This is the reason most Ph.D. recipients continue their career in the universities or research institutes. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Estonia