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Stubb, Jenni; Pyhältö, Kirsi; Lonka, Kirsti – Studies in Higher Education, 2014
This study investigates how doctoral students perceive research work in the context of their own PhD projects. Thirty-two students from a Finnish university were interviewed, representing three disciplines: medicine, natural sciences and behavioural sciences. Their conceptions of research varied in terms of describing research as "a job to…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Student Research
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Martinsuo, Miia; Turkulainen, Virpi – Studies in Higher Education, 2011
Earlier research on doctoral education has associated study progress with the student's own capabilities and faculty support. The purpose of this study is to investigate how students' personal commitment and various forms of support, as well as their complementary effects, explain progress in doctoral studies. Data were collected by a…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Doctoral Degrees, Foreign Countries, Supervisors
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Litmanen, Topi; Hirsto, Laura; Lonka, Kirsti – Studies in Higher Education, 2010
Studying in higher education requires long-term commitment. Previous studies have shown that commitment, perceived competence, intrinsic motivation and work-life orientation are positively related to academic achievement. This study examines the kinds of goals theology students have at the beginning of studies, and whether these goals are related…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Motivation, Theological Education, Student Educational Objectives