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ERIC Number: EJ1184534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0748-5786
What Doctoral Student Motivation Tells Us about the Future of LIS Education
Hands, Africa S.
Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, v59 n3 p17-25 2018
This study aimed to identify factors motivating individuals to earn a doctoral degree in library and information science. Data about doctoral student motivation was collected from first-year students through a survey, semi-structured interviews, and personal admission statements. Findings suggest five motivating factors: research-related interests, previous experience in academia, preparation for the future, appeal of the scholarly environment, and encouragement from others. Investigating student motivation informs program administrators, faculty, and prospective doctoral students of the future of graduate-level education. This study also addresses concerns about faculty supply, offering recommendations for improving the pipeline from graduate study to doctoral study to the academy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Academic Motivation Scale
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