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ERIC Number: EJ876435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Journey to the Center of the Graduate Experience
Rapp, Doreen R.; Rhodes, Christy M.; Stokes, Carmeda
Adult Learning, v17 n1-4 p37-39 2006
For those aiming to enter the professoriate, graduate school is the initiation into the culture of academia. The doctoral program experience can be described as a socialization process that emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge about one's academic field or discipline, exposure to various research methodologies, and induction in academic writing. This multi-faceted process can be daunting, often leaving students confused as to what aspect is most important. An equally provocative question, however, is how students can maximize this experience while enduring its socialization process. The authors represent three voices of women of highly diverse backgrounds, who each share the goal of becoming a university professor. This article presents a synthesis of their personal reflections, fashioned as advice to other graduate students on how to maximize the graduate experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A