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ERIC Number: EJ893350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0309-877X
Understanding the Experiences of Female Doctoral Students
Brown, Lorraine; Watson, Pamela
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v34 n3 p385-404 Aug 2010
This article presents findings from a qualitative study of the impact of gender on the doctoral experience. Eight women who had recently completed or who had almost completed a PhD were interviewed about their experiences. Seven studied part time and one full time. It was found that being a mother had profound implications for doctoral-level study. First, the timing of study was dictated by domestic demands; second, balancing home and academic life was a source of great stress, and women were torn between their roles as wife/mother and student. Finally, attendance at conferences was problematic, and, for many women, impossible. The literature suggests that gender also has an impact on the supervisory relationship; however, this was not supported, as although all of the interviewees had a male supervisor, they did not report dissatisfaction with the supervision received.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)