ERIC Number: EJ952281
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
Facing Reality: What are Doctoral Students' Chances for Success?
Church, Sarah Elizabeth
Journal of Instructional Psychology, v36 n4 p307-316 Dec 2009
Doctoral education in the United States had been scrutinized because of high-attrition rates reported as an average of 50 percent. Emerging from Lovitts (2001), this research examined students' attendance at Mock Orals (MO) and its relationship to their academic and social integration, cognitive maps, goals, rates of attrition, and retention in a doctoral program at a private metropolitan university. In contrast to the traditional dissertation model, the MO--activities designed to prepare doctoral students for their oral-defense presentations by engaging them in periodic bi-annual practice presentations. Data indicated that 87.5 percent of matriculated students had been graduated--a higher than the national 50 percent completion rate by more than one third. Conversely, 12.5 percent of the students were Non completers.
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Student Attrition, Graduate Students, Degree Requirements, Verbal Tests, Simulation, Program Evaluation, Social Integration, Social Networks, Cognitive Mapping, Graduation Rate, Educational Attainment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States