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ERIC Number: EJ877908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
The Transitional Stages in the PhD Degree in Mathematics in Terms of Students' Motivation
Geraniou, Eirini
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v73 n3 p281-296 Apr 2010
This paper presents results of a longitudinal study in the transition to independent graduate studies in mathematics. The analysis of the data collected from 24 students doing a PhD in mathematics revealed the existence of three transitional stages within the PhD degree, namely "Adjustment", "Expertise" and "Articulation". The focus is on the first two transitional stages, since the data collection focused mainly on these. Based on the first two transitional stages and the students' ways of dealing with them, which were called "survival strategies", three types of students were identified. The importance of motivation for each transitional stage and the successful transition overall are considered as well.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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