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ERIC Number: EJ1224992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6297
Doctoral Students' Perspectives on Their Doctoral Programs and Departments
Boyce, B. Ann; Napper-Owen, Gloria; Lund, Jackie L.; Almarode, Danielle
Quest, v71 n3 p299-310 2019
In this article, we examined Kinesiology Doctoral Students' (DS) perspectives on their doctoral programs and departments. Using the Kinesiology Doctoral Student (KDS) survey, 121 current and past DS provided information on 10 different aspects related to teacher training. Specifically, the items consisted of measures of DS perceptions on: (a) enrollment pattern, (b) requirements--(e.g., master's degree, comprehensive exam, etc.), (c) hurdles (qualifiers, prelims, orals, etc.), (d) flexibility of doctoral program, (e) annual review, (f) whether DS have active role in decisions, (g) competition for faculty attention, (h) being part of a supportive community, (i) understanding of time to completion, (j) selection of a different advisor, (k) selection of a different university, and (l) not going to graduate school. Descriptive data analyses of: (a) enrollment pattern revealed that 87% of DS were enrolled full-time and (b) many requirements were a part of the DS program. This topic was viewed through three lenses: (a) status (past and current DS), (b) gender, and (c) subdisciplines (SBS and HS). When t-tests were applied, three significant differences emerged: (a) current participants viewed exams and other program benchmarks as arbitrary obstacles when compared to past participants, (b) males viewed exams and other program benchmarks as arbitrary obstacles when compared to females, and (c) past participants had a clearer understanding of how long he/she would be a DS compared to currentĀ participants.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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