ERIC Number: EJ914511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
The Role of Relationships in the Transition from Doctoral Student to Independent Scholar
Baker, Vicki L.; Pifer, Meghan J.
Studies in Continuing Education, v33 n1 p5-17 Mar 2011
Little research and practice has focused specifically on Stage 2 of the doctoral student experience--the critical transition from "dependence to independence". In the United States, a student completes coursework, passes candidacy exams, and begins the dissertation proposal process during Stage 2. Given the distinct experiences associated with this stage, it is important for researchers, faculty and administrators to understand each stage fully. Our goal is to shed light on how students begin to enact the academic career during this critical transition by specifically exploring the role of relationships in the identity development process. We rely on a theoretical framework that brings together sociocultural perspectives of learning and developmental networks to reveal a connection between relationships and learning. This study highlights the effects of relationships and interactions on particular strategies and experiences associated with Stage 2 of doctoral education, and therefore students' identity development and transition to independence.
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Student Experience, Role, Interpersonal Relationship, College Faculty, Doctoral Dissertations, Career Development, Self Concept, Sociocultural Patterns, Graduate Students, Learning Theories
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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