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Skakni, Isabelle; Calatrava Moreno, María del Carmen; Seuba, Mariona Corcelles; McAlpine, Lynn – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
This study examines the impact of career uncertainty on post-PhD researchers' experiences. Drawing on an identity-trajectory approach and a qualitative design, we analysed experiences of post-PhDs from the UK and Switzerland. Our findings show that in the course of their work experiences, career uncertainty takes two different forms: intellectual…
Descriptors: Researchers, Professional Identity, Career Development, Foreign Countries
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Castelló, Montserrat; McAlpine, Lynn; Pyhältö, Kirsi – Higher Education Research and Development, 2017
Post-PhD researchers working at universities are contributors to a country's productivity and competitiveness mostly through writing, which becomes a means to establish their scholarly identity as they contribute to knowledge. However, little is known about researchers' writing perceptions, and their interrelations with engagement in research,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Postdoctoral Education, Graduate Students
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Chen, Shuhua; McAlpine, Lynn; Amundsen, Cheryl – Higher Education Research and Development, 2015
Doing a "postdoc" following a doctorate is becoming more and more common worldwide as the pre-tenure job market continues shrinking in relation to the number of PhD graduates. Yet, behind statistics and descriptions of collective experience, how individuals experience the postdoctoral period is largely unknown, especially how they use…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Postdoctoral Education, Longitudinal Studies, Personal Narratives
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McAlpine, Lynn; Paulson, Julia; Gonsalves, Allison; Jazvac-Martek, Marian – Higher Education Research and Development, 2012
This article examines the stories of 24 social sciences doctoral students in three universities, one in Canada and two in the UK, who experienced challenging roads to completion. While their stories confirm earlier findings, they also provide insight into how students' agency and personal networks of relationships may be critical, both as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Sciences, Doctoral Programs, Higher Education
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McAlpine, Lynn; Norton, Judith – Higher Education Research and Development, 2006
A serious problem exists in the academic world, namely doctoral education attrition rates that approach 50% in some disciplines. Yet, calls for action have generally been "ad hoc" rather than theory driven. Further, research has not been conceived and implemented with sufficient breadth to integrate factors influencing the outcomes across the…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Student Attrition, Context Effect, Graduate Students