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Vekkaila, Jenna; Virtanen, Viivi; Kukkola, Jani; Frick, Liezel; Pyhältö, Kirsi – Frontline Learning Research, 2019
Knowledge creation is at the core of scientific endeavour. As early career researchers, doctoral students take part in knowledge creation through engaging in various knowledge practices and make their original contribution to knowledge, and become experts in their particular domain. However, our understanding of what doctoral knowledge practices…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, STEM Education, Science Process Skills, Student Research
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Lonka, Kirsti; Ketonen, Elina; Vekkaila, Jenna; Cerrato Lara, Maria; Pyhältö, Kirsi – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2019
We explored doctoral students' writing profiles using a person-centred approach. We also studied differences between profiles in terms of experienced well-being and perceptions of the learning environment. The participants of our study (n = 664) were PhD students from three faculties at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The "Writing…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Writing Skills, Profiles
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Vekkaila, Jenna; Virtanen, Viivi; Taina, Juha; Pyhältö, Kirsi – Studies in Higher Education, 2018
The post-doctoral phase is characterized by a high level of competition and even a risk of unemployment due to the increasing number of PhDs. This study explores the function of social support or lack of it in post PhD researchers' engaging and disengaging experiences from the beginning of their careers as researchers. The data were collected from…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Doctoral Degrees, Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students
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Sakurai, Yusuke; Vekkaila, Jenna; Pyhältö, Kirsi – Research in Comparative and International Education, 2017
This study examines whether students who started their doctoral degree with different motivation profiles differ in their emotional engagement in their studies, and how this pattern differs between domestic and international students in Finland. This study used survey data collected from 1064 domestic and 120 international students. The results…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Student Motivation
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Vekkaila, Jenna; Pyhältö, Kirsi – International Journal of Higher Education, 2016
Doctoral studies are about learning to create new knowledge and to become a researcher. Yet surprisingly little is known about the individual learning patterns of doctoral students. The study aims to explore learning patterns among natural science doctoral students. The participants included 19 doctoral students from a top-level natural science…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Natural Sciences, Interviews
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Peltonen, Jouni Aslak; Vekkaila, Jenna; Rautio, Pauliina; Haverinen, Kaisa; Laatikainen, Maija; Pyhalto, Kirsi Maria – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2016
Social support from the supervisor and the researcher community has been identified as one of the determinants for successful completion of doctoral studies. The study explores interrelations between the doctoral students' supervisory experience, satisfaction with supervision, experienced burnout, time-to-candidacy, and attrition intentions.…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship, Social Support Groups
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Castelló, Montserrat; Kobayashi, Sofie; McGinn, Michelle K.; Pechar, Hans; Vekkaila, Jenna; Wisker, Gina – Frontline Learning Research, 2015
Within the current higher education context, early career researchers (ECRs) face a "risk-career" in which predictable, stable academic careers have become increasingly rare. Traditional milestones to signal progress toward a sustainable research career are disappearing or subject to reinterpretation, and ECRs need to attend to new or…
Descriptors: Researchers, Risk, Guidelines, College Faculty
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Vekkaila, Jenna; Pyhältö, Kirsi; Lonka, Kirsti – Frontline Learning Research, 2013
Little is known about what inspires students to be involved in their doctoral process and stay persistent when facing challenges. This study explored the nature of students' engagement in the doctoral work. Altogether, 21 behavioural sciences doctoral students from one top-level research community were interviewed. The interview data were…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Theses, Academic Persistence, Learner Engagement