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ERIC Number: EJ1373047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
EISSN: EISSN-2398-4686
Is There a Fit between PhD Candidates' and Their Supervisors' Perceptions on the Impact of COVID-19 on Doctoral Education?
Pyhältö, Kirsi; Tikkanen, Lotta; Anttila, Henrika
Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, v14 n2 p134-150 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 exploring PhD candidates' and supervisors' perceptions of the impact of COVID-19 on candidates' study progress and study well-being, and whether the estimates were related to supervisors' and supervisees' well-being. Design/methodology/approach: A total of 768 PhD candidates and 561 doctoral supervisors from a large multifield research-intensive university in Finland participated in this quantitative study. Data were collected with the doctoral experience survey and the supervisory experience survey. Findings: In general, the results show that both supervisors and supervisees recognised the negative impact of the pandemic on candidates' well-being and progress, and their perceptions were quite well aligned. However, supervisors estimated that the impact had been more detrimental than the supervisees did. The results also show that the supervisors' perceptions of the negative impact of COVID-19 on candidates' progress and well-being were related to reduced levels of their own well-being. Originality/value: Results can be used in developing effective support means for both the supervisors and supervisees to overcome the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to avoid long-term negative consequences for the candidates in degree completion, career trajectories and the future of the academy.
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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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Identifiers - Location: Finland
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