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Solveig Cornér; Lotta Tikkanen; Henrika Anttila; Kirsi Pyhältö – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2024
Purpose: This study aims to advance the understanding on individual variations in PhD candidates' personal interest in their doctorate and supervisory and research community support, and several individual and structural attributes potentially having an impact on the profiles. Design/methodology/approach: The authors explored the interrelationship…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Doctoral Students, Doctoral Programs, Student Motivation
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Jacqueline E. McLaughlin; Kathryn Morbitzer; Margaux Meilhac; Natalie Poupart; Rebekah L. Layton; Michael B. Jarstfer – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2024
Purpose: While known by many names, qualifying exams function as gatekeepers to graduate student advancement to PhD candidacy, yet there has been little formal study on best qualifying exam practices particularly in biomedical and related STEM PhD programs. The purpose of this study is to examine the current state of qualifying exams through an…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Best Practices, STEM Education, Biological Sciences
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Erika Löfström; Lotta Tikkanen; Henrika Anttila; Kirsi Pyhältö – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2024
Purpose: Empirical evidence on how supervisors have perceived the changes and the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on their supervision is scarce. This paper aims to examine how the changing landscape of doctoral education has affected supervision from the supervisors' perspective. Design/methodology/approach: This survey addressed change,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Supervisors, Supervision, Doctoral Programs
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Catherine Manathunga – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2024
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on doctoral education. Pandemics throughout history have generated new educational theories and practices, accelerated some trends and signalled the abrupt end of others. The unpredictable effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have particularly impacted upon First…
Descriptors: Decolonization, Doctoral Programs, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Signe Skov; Søren Smedegaard Bengtsen – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2024
Purpose: In Denmark, there has been, over decades, an intensified political focus on how humanities research and doctoral education contribute to society. In this vein, the notion of impact has become a central part of the academic language, often associated with terms like use, effects and outputs, stemming from neoliberal ideologies. The purpose…
Descriptors: Humanities, Foreign Countries, Humanities Instruction, Doctoral Programs
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Juan Zhang; Xi Gao; Xi Hong; Hamish Coates – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2024
Purpose: Although doctoral education has experienced substantial development in recent decades, it remains an elite, hence fragile, dimension of university policy and practice. This study aims to articulate perspectives to guide the next phase of strengthening and growth. Design/methodology/approach: Working from theoretical and empirical research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rhetoric, Educational Change, Doctoral Programs
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Ashonibare, Adekola Afolabi – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2023
Purpose: This paper aims to investigate existing practices of transversal skills training in doctoral education and provide recommendations for improvement for universities, industry and doctoral students in Europe. The results offer a detailed picture that has implications for the design of doctoral education programs that aim to support…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Doctoral Students, Transfer of Training, Foreign Countries
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Guccione, Kay; Bryan, Billy – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2023
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to understand the interaction between the component domains of doctoral value to identify those which have a greater influence on overall perceptions of the value of a doctorate. This study also investigates what may lead an individual to say the doctorate was not worth doing. Design/methodology/approach:…
Descriptors: Doctoral Students, College Graduates, Doctoral Degrees, Doctoral Programs
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Cardoso, Sónia; Sin, Cristina – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2023
Purpose: Internationalisation is one of the significant manifestations of the ongoing transformation of doctoral education. The purpose of this paper is to focus on the perspectives of Portuguese universities and doctoral students regarding the importance of internationalisation and the strategies to achieve it in doctoral education.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Doctoral Programs, Doctoral Students, Global Approach
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Cropps, Torrie A. – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2023
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine how intersecting oppressed identities shape the socialization experiences of Black women doctoral candidates in agricultural disciplines at historically white institutions. This paper addresses a gap in literature examining the experiences of Black women within the context of higher agricultural…
Descriptors: Doctoral Students, Females, Socialization, Self Concept
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Ong, Wee Ming; Dhakal, Subas Prasad – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2023
Purpose: Although the international education sector is one of the significant contributors to the Australian economy, international students continue to experience various forms of social inequalities. This paper aims to focus on overseas doctoral researchers (ODRs) -- candidates and graduates -- and capture their experiences.…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Doctoral Students, Educational Experience, Student Attitudes
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McCain, Jesse; Roksa, Josipa – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2023
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine how doctoral students in the biological sciences understand their research skill development and explore potential racial/ethnic and gender inequalities in the scientific learning process. Design/methodology/approach: Based on interviews with 87 doctoral students in the biological sciences, this…
Descriptors: Doctoral Students, Research Skills, Biological Sciences, Equal Education
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Reeves, Philip M.; Claydon, Jennifer; Davenport, Glen A. – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2022
Purpose: Program evaluation stands as an evidence-based process that would allow institutions to document and improve the quality of graduate programs and determine how to respond to growing calls for aligning training models to economic realities. This paper aims to present the current state of evaluation in research-based doctoral programs in…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Doctoral Students, Program Evaluation, Evaluation Methods