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Wei, John; Carter, Susan; Laurs, Deborah – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
The first time of many significant encounters is the most intense, raising awkwardness, anxiety and hope. This article presents data from doctoral students (n = 80) who described the first time that they submitted writing to their supervisor and received feedback. The first writing/feedback exchange is an initiation into the cultures of academia.…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Ethnography, Writing Instruction, Supervisors
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Herman, Chaya; Meki Kombe, Charity L. – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
International doctoral students' sojourn encompasses three transitional processes: to the new country, to the university and to a new academic identity as a researcher in a specific discipline. This article examines the role of social networks in facilitating these transitions for international doctoral students at one South African university. It…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Professional Identity, Graduate Students, Foreign Students
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Mackie, Sylvia Anne; Bates, Glen William – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
Recent research into the mental health of PhD candidates suggests that their high levels of stress could be caused in part or exacerbated by aspects of the doctoral education environment. However, the particulars of this environment have not been explored in consistent enough ways to provide a clear way forward for universities to respond to this…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Educational Environment
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Chatterjee-Padmanabhan, Meeta; Nielsen, Wendy; Sanders, Sarah – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
Doctoral education scholars associate doctoral learning with certain threshold concepts, many of which are embedded in the literature review. In considering this, we draw from a literary metaphor of 'joining the conversation' and report on a doctoral writing programme that blended elements of workshops, 'shut-up-and-write' sessions and thesis…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Literature Reviews, Writing (Composition)
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Cheng, Ying-Hsueh; Tsai, Chin-Chung; Liang, Jyh-Chong – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
The purpose of the study was to measure graduate students' academic hardiness (GSAH) and academic self-efficacy (GSASE) and to examine the relationships between the two. A total of 202 graduate students across disciplines were recruited to complete two questionnaires (GSAH and GSASE). Results of exploratory factor analyses showed that the GSAH and…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Graduate Students, Academic Achievement, Stress Management
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Corcelles, M.; Cano, M.; Liesa, E.; González-Ocampo, G.; Castelló, M. – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
During their doctoral studies, students undergo an emotionally and intellectually intensive process involving a wide range of positive and negative experiences. This article analyses PhD students' perceptions of the most positive and negative experiences related to doctoral study conditions. Previous researchers have primarily focused on analysing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Doctoral Students, Student Attitudes, Student Experience
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Manathunga, Catherine – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
In the twenty-first century, the politics of higher education in Australia and around the globe have become dominated by neoliberal agendas of efficiency, profitability and managerialism. This has fundamentally altered the 'timescapes' of higher education. In the case of doctoral education, doctoral candidates and supervisors are subjected to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Doctoral Programs