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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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Turner, Heather – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2023
Purpose: This study aims to explore the motivation and satisfaction of part-time PhD students in the USA through the lens of self-determination theory (SDT). Design/methodology/approach: Following an explanatory sequential mixed methods design, data sources consisted of a survey (N = 100) and focus groups (N = 20) of part-time PhD students.…
Descriptors: Part Time Students, Doctoral Students, Student Motivation, Student Satisfaction
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Schiff, Wendy B.; Gadzichowski, K. Marinka; Le Brasseur, Matthew G.; Carlin, Melissa C. – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2023
Purpose: This study aimed to investigate the impact of a university's abrupt closure on the lives of graduate students and examined the role of grit, social support and school identification as they transferred to a new institution. Design/methodology/approach: An online survey was administered to a diverse sample of 130 psychology graduate…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, School Closing, Resilience (Psychology), Social Support Groups
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Pyhältö, Kirsi; Tikkanen, Lotta; Anttila, Henrika – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2023
Purpose: The COVID-19 pandemic has had its impact on research and researchers, potentially influencing the future of academia. Yet, to the best of the authors' knowledge, there are no empirical studies on the alignment between supervisors' and supervisees' estimates of the impact of COVID-19. This study aims to contribute to bridging this gap by…
Descriptors: Doctoral Students, Supervisors, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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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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Spray, Erika; Holbrook, Allyson; Scevak, Jill; Cantwell, Robert – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2023
Purpose: Learners' dispositional attributes form the foundations for their learning behaviour and therefore academic outcomes. This study aims to explore the dispositional attributes of postgraduate learners in coursework programs, and to understand the relationships between dispositional attributes and academic achievement at this level.…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Foreign Countries, Personality Traits, Student Attitudes
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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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Nerlino, Erin – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2023
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine the benefits and challenges of simultaneously participating part-time in a doctoral program and teaching full-time in the K-12 classroom. Design/methodology/approach: In this study, the author used autoethnography to examine the benefits and challenges she faced as a part-time doctoral student and…
Descriptors: Doctoral Students, Part Time Students, English Teachers, Barriers
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Antonio, Anthony Lising; Baek, Chanwoong – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2022
Purpose: Although a student's sense of belonging is a key factor of persistence in higher education, research on international students' belonging tends to rely on domain-agnostic survey measures and promote interpretations that focus mainly on social integration and adjustment. This paper aims to examine how male international graduate students…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Males, Graduate Students, Sense of Community
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Karalis Noel, Tiffany; Miles, Monica Lynn; Rida, Padmashree – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2022
Purpose: Mentoring postdocs is a shared responsibility and dynamic process that requires a mutual commitment between the faculty mentor and postdoc. The purpose of this study is to understand how minoritized science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) postdocs view and engage in mentoring exchanges with their faculty mentors. In the…
Descriptors: Social Exchange Theory, Minority Group Students, Postdoctoral Education, Doctoral Students
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Gregory, Kristen Howell; Burbage, Amanda Kate – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2022
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of critical friendship on a first- and last-year doctoral student's novice and expert mindsets during role transitions. Doctoral students are challenged to navigate role transitions during their academic programs. Experiences in research expectations, academy acculturation and…
Descriptors: Friendship, Criticism, Doctoral Students, Reflection
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Schmidt, Manuela; Hansson, Erika – Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 2022
Purpose: During the lengthy process of PhD studies, supervisory changes commonly occur for several different reasons, but their most frequent trigger is a poor supervisory relationship. Even though a change in supervisors is a formal bureaucratic process and not least the students' rights, in practice it can be experienced as challenging.…
Descriptors: Doctoral Students, Student Experience, Supervision, Change
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