International Journal of Doctoral Studies (IJDS)

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Volume 13, 2018


Michael Jones
Table of Contents for Volume 13, 2018, of the International Journal of Doctoral Studies
IJDS, International Journal of Doctoral Studies, PhD
. i - iii
Bonnie Amelia Dean
Aim/Purpose: In the time that we study for our dissertation, our learning takes many turns. Sometimes we feel excited, motivated and accomplished, while other times frustrated, tired or unsure. This paper presents a poem to illustrate one student’s PhD journey through reflection on those fluctuations, milestones and learning moments experienced along the way.

Background: Central to the journey pr ...
autoethnography, interpretivist paradigm, learning, poetry
1 - 8
Jane Palmer, Dena Fam, Tanzi E Smith, Jennifer Kent
Aim/Purpose: The aim of this paper is to identify some of the issues in writing a trans-disciplinary doctoral thesis and to develop strategies for addressing them, particularly focusing on the presentation of data and data analysis. The paper, based on the authors’ own experience, offers guidance to, and invites further comment from, transdisciplinary doctoral candidates, their supervisors and the ...
transdisciplinarity, doctorate examination, doctoral writing, data analysis, higher degree research students, research communication
9 - 29
Shahram Yazdani, Foroozan Shokooh
Aim/Purpose: This study analyses the concept of doctorateness and its defining characteristics and gives a definition for it by examining the various ways it is used in doctoral education literature.

Background: The term ‘doctorateness’ is an immature unclarified concept referred to as a common quality for all doctoral awards. With the emergence of different types of doctoral studies worldwide, ...
doctorateness, definition, concept, doctorate, doctoral education, model
31 - 148
June Maul, Ronald Berman, Cathrine (Cathy) Ames
Aim/Purpose: Retention of doctoral students, particularly during the dissertation stage, has been a decades-old concern. The study examined the value of dissertation chairs’ use of a cloud-based video technology for coaching doctoral students, and its influence on psychological factors previously linked to retention. The psychological aspects included social presence, research self-efficacy, socia ...
emerging technology, video meeting technology, virtual coaching, doctoral stu-dent coaching, doctoral student retention, social presence, research self-efficacy, social isolation, intrinsic motivation, web conferencing
49 - 78
Cathrine (Cathy) Ames, Ronald Berman, Alex Casteel
Aim/Purpose: The purpose of this quantitative descriptive study is to provide a preliminary examination of students’ retention factors of engagement, communication, and isolation that may be affected by the introduction and use of online communities for dissertation development within an online doctoral program.

Background: This research is a continuation of the university’s 5-year research initi ...
online learning, private workspaces, retention, attrition, isolation, communica-tion, student engagement, connectedness, doctoral programs
79 - 107
Gabriel AB Marais, Rebecca Shankland, Pascale Haag, Robin Fiault, Bridget Juniper
Aim/Purpose: The present work focuses on French PhD students’ well-being: an understudied working population thus far, which impedes the development of evidence-based policies on this issue in France.The focus of this work is the well-being of French PhD students, on which almost nothing has been published thus far, impeding any evidence-based policy on this issue to be carried out in France.

Bac ...
PhD students, graduate students, doctoral students, well-being, mental health, positive psychology
109 - 138
Shannon Mason, Margaret K Merga
Aim/Purpose: The aim of this study is to further our collective understanding of the practicalities and possibilities of the Thesis by Publication (TBP) in the disciplinary context of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) in Australia.

Background: Recent times have seen an increasing pressure for publication during candidature in Australian universities for a range of strategic goals that are ...
thesis by publication, publication during candidature, thesis structure, hu-manities, social sciences
139 - 154
Rebecca Twinley
Aim/Purpose: Engagement in doctoral training is intended to lead to personal development, as well as – of course - the development of a person’s skills as a researcher. Having engaged in the occupation of doctoral training, I aim to reflect upon how my identity as researcher developed throughout this process; that is, through doing, being, becoming, and belonging. The aim of my doctoral research w ...
woman-to-woman, rape, sexual assault, identity, occupation, occupational science, auto/biography
155 - 167
Amanda J Tonks, Anwen S Williams
Aim/Purpose: Understanding the educational needs of postgraduate research candidates (PGRs) is essential to facilitate development, support attainment, and maintain graduate quality.

Background: The production and effective defence of the research thesis are the summative assessment tools used in postgraduate research education. Examiners’ reports provide a rich source of feedback and indicate th ...
doctoral training, education, feedback, learning needs assessment, quality out-come, quality graduates
169 - 191
Christina W. Yao, Louise Michelle Vital
Aim/Purpose: Learning to conduct research, including considerations for concepts such as reflexivity, is a key component of doctoral student preparation in higher education. Yet limited attention is given to doctoral student training for conducting international research, particularly in understanding researcher reflexivity within international contexts.

Background: Incorporating reflexive prac ...
doctoral education, internationalization, reflexivity, research training, higher education
193 - 210
Reuven Katz
Aim/Purpose: To present quantitative results of an investigation that assessed crises reported by doctoral candidates while working toward their degree.

Background: Crises that candidates encounter during their doctoral journey may lead to attrition from the doctoral program. A crisis in a doctoral project has several characteristics that must be understood in order to identify the crisis and, ...
crisis in doctoral research, adviser-candidate relationship, doctoral education
211 - 231
Carol A Rogers-Shaw, Davin J Carr-Chellman
Aim/Purpose: The purpose of this research is to explore and describe the role of care and socio-emotional learning in the first year of doctoral study. In particular, understanding the nature of the caring relationships doctoral students experience and their development of effective socio-emotional capacity are the primary foci of this study. It may provide institutions with data necessary to ad ...
doctoral study, socio-emotional learning, ethics of care, learning care
233 - 253
Martin F Lynch, Nailya R Salikhova, Albina Salikhova
Aim/Purpose: The present quantitative, cross-sectional study aimed to investigate objective and subjective factors in the self-determination of doctoral students in their educational activities. Objective determinants included major discipline and forms of academic and scholarly activity (that is, attending classes and writing papers), and subjective determinants included personal characteristics ...
education, doctoral students, internal motivation, academic-scholarly activity, self-determination, psychological needs
255 - 272
Sydney Freeman Jr.
Aim/Purpose: The traditional doctoral dissertation is the first major research project that is led by doctoral students, but it does not necessarily prepare them to publish shorter articles in journals. The manuscript dissertation provides a way for doctoral students to establish themselves as researchers while gaining the experience of developing peer-reviewed manuscripts before graduation, thus ...
manuscript dissertation, doctoral dissertation, publication, tenure-track faculty, doctoral advisors
273 - 292
Kathryn A Wolfe, Allison Berger Nelson, Christina L Seamster
Aim/Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the creation and organization of an organic collaborative doctoral cohort, in order to better understand what makes doctoral cohorts successful. The participant-researchers explore their experience as creators and members of this unique group.

Background: Although adults often prefer to work on their own, cohorts provide opportunities for colla ...
collaborative autoethnographies, doctoral students, cohort, collaboration, higher education
293 - 311
Alena Prikhidko, Cliff Haynes
Aim/Purpose: Multiple emotional and cognitive resources are needed for graduate students to overcome stress associated with balancing studies and personal life. This research aimed to explore the difficulties, which graduate student-mothers face while balancing school and parenting, and describe mechanisms of the balancing process.

Background: Graduate student-mothers need to structure their ti ...
graduate school, student-mothers, intensive mothering
313 - 326
Anna Sala-Bubaré, Jouni A Peltonen, Kirsi Pyhältö, Montserrat Castelló
Aim/Purpose: This study aimed to explore individual variation in doctoral candidates’ perceptions about research writing and themselves as writers (research writing perceptions) across three countries (Spain, Finland, and the UK) and the relationship with doctoral candidates’ research conditions and social support.

Background: The present study employed a person-centered approach to identify prof ...
doctoral candidates; doctoral writing; writing perceptions; social support; re-search writing; cross-national study
327 - 345
Mervi Kaukko
Aim/Purpose: The aim of this article is to discuss a PhD student’s experience of working with unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors, amidst a rapidly changing global situation. The focus is on how the research process influenced the novice PhD student, and how the student’s subject position influenced the research.

Background: The incentive for this article comes from an examiner’s comment, which ...
autoethnography, Finland, PAR, pedagogical love, unaccompanied minors
347 - 359
Anna Sverdlik, Nathan C. Hall, Lynn McAlpine, Kyle Hubbard
Aim/Purpose: Research on students in higher education contexts to date has focused primarily on the experiences undergraduates, largely overlooking topics relevant to doctoral students’ mental, physiological, motivational, and social experiences. Existing research on doctoral students has consistently found mental and physical health concerns and high attrition rates among these students, but a co ...
doctoral education; doctoral well-being; higher education; graduate education; doctoral achievement
361 - 388
Africa Hands
Aim/Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine how the basic psychological needs of self-determination theory are reflected in doctoral students’ motivation to earn the PhD.

Background: As isolating as the doctoral experience seems, it is one that occurs in a social-cultural environment that can either support or hinder the student. This research highlights the motivational influences of l ...
basic psychological needs theory, doctoral student motivation, library and infor-mation science, self-determination theory
389 - 411
Juliann S McBrayer, Teri Denlea Melton, Daniel W Calhoun, Matthew Dunbar, Steven Tolman
Aim/Purpose: This study examined an Ed.D. program redesign to address time to degree completion. The aim was to emphasize the need to improve students’ academic writing and embody a scholarly practitioner approach to research.

Background: Doctoral programs have the highest attrition of graduate programs, with almost half of the students taking six to seven years to complete.

Methodology: An ex- ...
degree completion, educational leadership, leadership preparation, problem of practice, scholarly practitioners
413 - 439

Volume 12, 2017


Michael Jones
Table of Contents for the International Journal of Doctoral Studies, Volume 12, 2017
IJDS, International Journal of Doctoral Studies, PhD
i - iii
Jan Gube, Seyum Getenet, Adnan Satariyan, Yaar Muhammad
Aim/Purpose: This paper considers the role of supervisors’ discipline expertise in doctoral learning from a student perspective.

Background: Doctoral students need to develop expertise in a particular field of study. In this context, developing expertise requires doctoral students to master disciplinary knowledge, conventions and scholarship under the guidance of supervisors.

Methodology : T ...
discipline expertise, research expertise, doctoral students, PhD students, supervisors, doctoral learning support, student-supervisor fit
1 - 16
James Burford
Aim/Purpose: This article offers a conceptual summary and critique of existing literature on doctoral writing and emotion. The article seeks to intervene in current debates about doctoral writing by re-positioning it as an affective-political practice

Background: Over recent decades public interest in the doctorate has expanded as it has become re-framed as a key component of national success ...
affect, affective-politics, doctoral writing, doctoral education, emotion, neoliberalism
17 - 32
Sharla Berry
Aim/Purpose: Enrollment in online doctoral programs has grown over the past decade. A sense of community, defined as feelings of closeness within a social group, is vital to retention, but few studies have explored how online doctoral students create community.

Background: In this qualitative case study, I explore how students in one online doctoral program created a learning community.

Me ...
community, online learning, virtual classrooms, cohort, social network, socialization
33 - 48
Amanda Rockinson-Szapkiw, Lucinda S. Spaulding, Rebecca Lunde
Aim/Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explain how Distance Education women EdD students who are mothers balanced and integrated their multiple identities (e.g., mother, student, professional) to persist.

Background: It is well documented that parenting students experience higher levels of stress and pressure during their degree pursuit than their non-parenting counterparts. It is also ...
doctoral education, persistence, female identity, academic identity, distance education
49 - 72
Esma Emmioglu Sarikaya, Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
Aim/Purpose: This paper examined the balance and meaning of two types of experiences in the day-to-day activity of doctoral students that draw them into academia and that move them away from academia: ‘feeling like an academic and belonging to an academic community;’ and ‘not feeling like an academic and feeling excluded from an academic community.’

Background: As students navigate doctoral wo ...
doctoral education, academic culture, workplace learning, doctoral students’ academic activities
73 - 90
Solveig Cornér, Erika Löfström, Kirsi Pyhältö
Aim/Purpose: Both the quality and the quantity of doctoral supervision have been identified as central determinants of the doctoral journey. However, there is a gap in our understanding of how supervision activities are associated with lack of wellbeing, such as burnout, and also to completion of the studies among doctoral students.

Background: The study explored doctoral students’ perceptions ...
doctoral education, supervision, supervisory activities, burnout
91 - 106
Wendy M Goff, Seyum Getenet
Aim/Purpose: We show a new dimension to the process of using design-based research approach in doctoral dissertations.

Background: Design-based research is a long-term and concentrated approach to educational inquiry. It is often a recommendation that doctoral students should not attempt to adopt this approach for their doctoral dissertations. In this paper, we document two doctoral dissertatio ...
design based research, doctoral study, doctoral dissertation
107 - 121
Susi Peacock
Aim/Purpose: The purpose of this work is to develop more nuanced understandings of the PhD by publication, particularly raising awareness of the retrospective PhD by publication. The article aims to contribute to contemporary debates about the differing pathways to the attainment of doctoral study completion and the artifacts submitted for that purpose. It also seeks to support prospective graduat ...
PhD by publication, doctoral studies, PhD by published works, PhD by pub-lished papers
123 - 135
Sarah L Ferguson, Katrina A Hovey, Robin K Henson
Aim/Purpose: The purpose of the current study is to explore student perceptions of their own doctoral-level education and quantitative proficiency.

Background: The challenges of preparing doctoral students in education have been discussed in the literature, but largely from the perspective of university faculty and program administrators. The current study directly explores the student voice on t ...
quantitative proficiency, doctoral education, exploratory mixed-methods
137 - 156
Jouni A Peltonen, Jenna Vekkaila, Pauliina Rautio, Kaisa Haverinen, Kirsi Pyhältö
Aim/Purpose: The primary aim of this study was to better understand the individual variations in supervisory and researcher community support among doctoral students by analyzing the social support profiles of Finnish doctoral students. The differences among the profiles, in terms of satisfaction with supervision, experienced burnout, time to candidacy and disciplinary background were also examine ...
doctoral education, supervision, burnout, satisfaction, drop-out intentions
157 - 173
Annabella Sok Kuan Fung, Jane Southcott, Felix L. C. Siu
Aim/Purpose: It aimed at investigating the motives and challenges of 15 mature-aged doctoral students at two education faculties in Australian and Asian contexts.

Background: This cross-border research collaboration investigated the first international higher-research forum between two education faculties in Hong Kong and Australia.

Methodology: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was ...
mature-aged doctoral students, motivation, doctoral program design, cross border research collaboration, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
175 - 195
Stefanie Benjamin, James Williams , Michelle A Maher
Aim/Purpose: This study explores PhD students’ transition into graduate school, which can be a challenging experience for many.

Background: Using photographs and in-depth interviews, this study provides nuanced insight into influences on first-year PhD students’ lived experiences, with a specific focus on these students’ perceptions of doctoral student well-being.

Methodology: Twenty-nine first- ...
PhD students, well-being, volunteer employed photography
197 - 217
Jason D Flora
Aim/Purpose: Much has been written in academia about the meaningful relationship between doctoral students and their respective dissertation chairs. However, an often-overlooked benefit of the dissertation research process as a whole is its potential to professionally and personally transform the capacities of all concerned – the doctoral candidate, mentor/major professor, and committee.

Backgrou ...
doctoral education, PhD supervision, scholarly leadership, mentorship, experi-ential learning
219 - 249
KerryAnn O'Meara, Kimberly A. Griffin, Alexandra Kuvaeva, Gudrun Nyunt, Tykeia N Robinson
Aim/Purpose: The purpose of our study was to gain a better understanding of the factors that contribute to graduate student sense of belonging and gain insights into differences in sense of belonging for different groups of students.

Background: Sense of belonging, or the feeling that a person is connected to and matters to others in an organization, has been found to influence college student r ...
sense of belonging, graduate education, underrepresented minority students
251 - 279

Volume 11, 2016


Michael Jones
Printable Table of Contents for IJDS Volume 11, 2016
IJDS, Table of Contents, International Journal of Doctoral Studies
i - iii
Jennifer M Phelps
This article draws on findings from a broad study on the influences of globalization on the experiences of international doctoral students at a large, research intensive Canadian university. It focuses specifically on these students’ lived experiences of change in their national identities and senses of belonging in a globalizing world. Using a qualitative, multiple case narrative approach, stud ...
international doctoral students, transnationalism, graduate education, globalization, identity, belonging
1 - 14
Meghan J. Pifer, Vicki L. Baker
Studies of doctoral education have included an interest not only in processes, structures, and outcomes, but also in students’ experiences. There are often useful recommendations for practice within individual examinations of the doctoral experience, yet there remains a need to strengthen the application of lessons from research to the behaviors of students and others engaged in the doctoral proce ...
doctoral education, doctoral student experiences, faculty members, administrators, challenges, strategies for success
15 - 34
Kay Devine, Karen Hunter
The primary aim of this study was to better understand the antecedents of doctoral students’ emotional well-being, and their plans to leave academia. Based on past research, antecedents included departmental support, the quality of the supervisory relationship, and characteristics of the supervisory relationship. We used a mixed-methods study, and surveyed 186 doctoral students from nine countries ...
doctoral students, emotional exhaustion, attrition, support, supervision
35 - 61
Guanglun Michael Mu, Ning Jia, Yongbin Hu, Hilary Hughes, Xiaobo Shi, Muchu zhang, Jennifer Alford, Merilyn G Carter, Jillian Fox, Jennifer Duke, Matthew Flynn, Huanhuan Xia
Workshops and seminars are widely-used forms of doctoral training. However, research with a particular focus on these forms of doctoral training is sporadic in the literature. There is little, if any, such research concerning the international context and participants’ own voices. Mindful of these lacunae in the literature, we write the current paper as a group of participants in one of a series o ...
International doctoral forum, Bourdieu, capital, field, power relations, autobiography
63 - 85
Martha L. Orellana, Antònia Darder, Adolfina Pérez, Jesús Salinas
A key aspect of the effective supervision of PhD research is the supervisor-student relationship. This interaction is affected by the characteristics and needs of students and institutional conditions, as well as the skills, attitudes, and roles of supervisors and their supervisory styles. When supervision is carried out at a distance, it entails an additional challenge, mainly concerning interact ...
postgraduate research supervision, distance supervision, PhD supervision, supervisory styles, supervisor attitudes and roles, supervisor-student relationship
87 - 103
Reuven Katz
This paper presents quantitative results of a comparative study evaluating the management skills of doctoral candidates working toward a PhD and additional information related to their lifestyles. We conducted a survey among enrolled doctoral candidates at five universities in Israel and three technological universities in Western Europe. 1013 Israeli candidates and 457 Western European candidates ...
Doctoral research management, Adviser-candidate relationship, Doctoral education
105 - 125
Karen Card, Crystal R Chambers, Sydney Freeman Jr.
Currently the study of higher education has been referred to as a multidisciplinary field. Consensus is continuing to evolve regarding both what is considered the appropriate coursework and the foundational knowledgebase of this field. The study of higher education is maturing and has the potential to transition from being seen as a field to being respected as an academic discipline. The purpose o ...
Academic Curriculum, Doctoral Education, Higher Education as a Field of Study
127 - 146
Monica R. Kerrigan, Kimberly Walker Hayes
Today’s educational practitioners are expected to know how to gather, analyze, and report on data for accountability purposes and to use that information to improve student outcomes. However, there is little understanding of how to support practitioners’ learning of and engagement with research and few studies on the research experiences of students enrolled in Doctorate of Education (EdD) program ...
Doctoral students, practitioner-researcher, research skills, self-efficacy
147 - 162
Jason Draper, Armand A Buzzelli, E. Gregory Holdan
An Instructional Management and Leadership doctoral program (IML) incorporated the use of Twitter to examine what this looked like in practice. Did students actually use Twitter, and if so, how frequently, for what purpose(s), and were there differences between students on the pattern of use? Additionally, we sought to determine if Twitter is a legitimate instructional tool and if the use of Twitt ...
Higher Education, Case Study, Social Media, Twitter, Doctoral Cohort, Accelerated program
163 - 183
Lucy Johnston, Kaylene Sampson, Keith Comer, Erik Brogt
Provision of both high standards of thesis supervision and high quality research environments are required for doctoral candidates to flourish. An important component of ensuring quality provision of research resources is the soliciting of feedback from research students and the provision from research supervisors and institutions of timely and constructive responses to such feedback. In this manu ...
supervision; surveys; feedback; resource allocation; student evaluation
185 - 203
Samantha J Charlick, Jan Pincombe, Lois McKellar, Andrea Fielder
Selecting the most appropriate methodology for research as a doctoral student is one of the most important yet difficult decisions. Not only should the methodology suit the research question, it is important that it resonates with the philosophy of one’s discipline and produces needed results that will contribute to knowledge. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) is an approach to qualit ...
Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), doctoral studies, qualitative research, midwifery, individualized care, exclusive breastfeeding
205 - 216
Helen L MacLennan, Anthony A Pina, Kenneth A Moran, Patrick F Hafford
Is the Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A) a viable degree option for those wishing a career in academe? The D.B.A. degree is often considered to be a professional degree, in-tended for business practitioners, while the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is por-trayed as the degree for preparing college or university faculty. Conversely, many academic programs market their D.B.A. programs t ...
Doctor of Business Administration, doctoral degrees, faculty credentials, regional accredita-tion, programmatic accreditation, teaching
217 - 226
Parveen Ali, Roger Watson, Katie Dhingra
There is a need for research exploring postgraduate research students’ expectations from research supervisors, the characteristics of effective student-supervisor relationships, and the opinions of students and supervisors about research supervision. We also need instruments to explore the student-supervisor relationship. The present study investigated postgraduate research students’ and research ...
supervision; effective supervisor; research students’ expectation; supervisors’ expectation; PhD supervision; opinion
227 - 241
Adeola Bamgboje, Michelle Ye, Helen Almond, Songlak Sakulwichitsintu
This is a report on a qualitative investigation into the challenges and solutions for Information Systems PhD candidature in Australia by conducting a three-phase research process. Information Systems doctoral theses approved within the past 10 years in Australia were identified in three areas of research, using structured evidence-based search and review methods. This was followed by two focus gr ...
PhD candidature, doctoral students, research pathway, information systems, SWOT analysis
243 - 267
Floralba Arbelo Marrero
Doctoral student retention remains a challenge in higher education with an average attrition rate of 50%. This study focuses on analyzing pre-entry variables of admission for 81 doctoral students admitted to a doctoral program in psychology to determine whether significant associations existed between specific variables in the graduated and withdrawn groups in this cohort with over 48% Hispanic do ...
Doctoral Student Retention, Hispanic Doctoral Students, Retention, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Attrition, Doctoral Completion, Quantitative, Pre-Entry Variables
269 - 284
Veronika Paksi, Beata Nagy, Gábor Király
In spite of tremendous efforts, women are still under-represented in the field of science. Post-graduate education and early tenure track employment are part of the academic career establishment in research and development during periods that usually overlap with family formation. Though women tend to leave science mainly after obtaining their PhD, and the timing of motherhood plays a vital role i ...
PhD, timing of motherhood childbearing, women, uncertainty, life course, engineering
285 - 304
Jay R Avella
Among the typical dissertation research designs, one particular design that is slowly gaining acceptance is that of the Delphi Method. Using a panel of experts to achieve consensus in solving a problem, deciding the most appropriate course of action, or establishing causation where none previously existed, particularly in areas of business or education research, are uniquely ideal to employment of ...
Delphi, consensus, dissertation research, problem-solving, expert panel, critique
305 - 321
Suzanne Franco
New qualitative research methods continue to emerge in response to factors such as renewed interest in mixed methods, better understanding of the importance of a researcher’s philosophical stance, as well as the increased use of technology in data collection and analysis, to name a few. As a result, those facilitating research methods courses must revisit content and instructional strategies in or ...
qualitative research methods, pragmatism, researcher worldviews, conceptual frameworks, research model
323 - 339
Petro Du Preez, Shan Simmonds
In South Africa four key policy discourses underpin doctoral education: growth, capacity, efficiency, and quality discourses. This article contributes to the discourse on quality by engaging with quality assurance from the perspective of the decision makers and implementers of macro policy (national), meso (institutional), and micro (faculty/departmental) levels. We explore the perceptions that me ...
higher degree committee members, quality assurance, doctoral education, academic freedom, mode 3 knowledge production, higher education, South Africa
341 - 365
Lucy Johnston, Thomas M Wilson, Alexander MacKenzie
This article describes the experiences and outcomes for 761 doctoral students enrolled at the University of Canterbury who had their research disrupted by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake on 22nd February 2011. We describe the measures that were put in place to assist the students to continue their studies through continued disruption from aftershocks, dislocation, building demolition and remediation, e ...
doctoral studies, doctoral completion, attrition, disasters, supervision
367 - 382
Sarah R Booth, Margaret K Merga, Saiyidi Mat Roni
Many PhD candidates bring with them a wealth of knowledge and skills; however, these may not sufficiently prepare candidates to work with high autonomy on a project with often limited interaction with the wider research community. A peer-mentor program model, in which a mentor delivers dyadic and group support to higher degree by research students from different disciplines and backgrounds, has th ...
autoethnography, peer-mentor, reflective practice, teaching as learning, HDR experience
383 - 402
Roberta K. Weber, Ethan J. Allen
American society faces complex educational issues which impact many facets of its national interests. Institutions of higher education are granting doctoral degrees to educational leaders, but it is not known to what extent their dissertation topics are aligned with both longstanding and critical issues in education. Using a theoretical framework synthesizing Paul and Elder’s critical thinking mo ...
dissertation topics, EdD and PhD dissertations, critical issues in education, doctoral supervision, selection of dissertation topics
403 - 417
Joanna A Gilmore, Annie M Wofford, Michelle A Maher
Doctoral attrition consistently hovers around 50% with relevant literature identifying several mediating factors, including departmental culture, student demographics, and funding. To advance this literature, we interviewed 38 graduate faculty advisors in science, engineering, or mathematics disciplines at a research-extensive university to capture their perceptions of factors supporting graduate ...
faculty mentorship, graduate student development, graduate student motivation
419 - 439
Laurie Stevahn, Jeffrey B Anderson, Tana L Hasart
Community-based research (CBR) is an advanced form of academic service-learning through which university students, faculty, and community organizations collaborate to conduct inquiry projects aimed at producing social change. Despite its potential for advancing learning in graduate studies, little research exists on CBR implementations or outcomes in doctoral programs. This study examined the effe ...
community-based research, academic service-learning, doctoral student development, education doctorate, educational leadership, cooperative learning, experiential learning, pro-ject-based learning
441 - 465
Christelle Devos, Gentiane Boudrenghien, Nicolas Van der Linden, Mariane Frenay, Assaad Azzi, Benoit Galand, Olivier Klein
The purpose of the present study is to explore the “misfits” occurring between doctoral students and their supervisors. More precisely, we investigate the types of incongruences that occur, whether and how they are regulated and their consequences on students’ outcomes. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 21 former PhD students (8 completers and 13 non-completers). Results show that, when f ...
PhD students, doctoral attrition, supervisor support, fit, coping
467 - 486

Volume 10, 2015


Michael Jones
Printable table of contents for the International Journal of Doctoral Studies, Volume 10, 2015
i - iii
Tianlan Wei, Alime N Sadikova, Lucy Barnard-Brak, Eugene W. Wang, Dilshod Sodikov
This study explores the attitudinal and motivational factors underlying graduate students’ attitudes towards team research. Guided by the Theory of Planned Behavior, we hypothesize that attitude, subjective norm, and perceived behavioral control are three major determinants of graduate students’ intentions to conduct team research. An instrument was developed to measure the influences of these f ...
graduate student, team research, scholarly productivity, the theory of planned behavior, attitude, subjective norm, perceived behavioral control, intention
1 - 17
Doug Stenstrom, Mathew Curtis, Ravi Iyer
What predicts academic success during graduate school? What are the experiences of graduate students in terms of happiness, stress level, relationships in the program, and feelings of autonomy/competence? Responses from 3,311 graduate students from all psychological disciplines in the US and Canada were collected to answer questions involving (1) the relationship between student-level variables an ...
department rankings, students, publications, happiness, life satisfaction
19 - 37
Pia Bøgelund
In many Western countries, higher education has experienced a cultural change as a result of increased budgetary constraints, calls for greater accountability, and the greater competition for students. This development has had a profound influence on the working conditions of academic staff and on knowledge production in general at universities. The education of PhD students is no exception. Howev ...
PhD supervision, Practice of PhD supervisors, Knowledge production, Doctoral student education, Working conditions for academic staff
39 - 55
Patricia L. Hardre, Shannon Hackett
Gaps between expectations and actual educational experience may influence motivation, learning and performance. The graduate college experience (GCE) is shrouded in myth and legend that may create unrealistic expectations, while its reality includes elements of politics, economics and organizational psychology. This study examined 1,629 present and former graduate students’ perceptions of what the ...
Graduate education, graduate school expectations, attrition, graduate student satisfaction, program improvement
57 - 77
Chandra Bowden, Sebastian Galindo-Gonzalez
As Internet usage becomes more commonplace, researchers are beginning to explore the use of email interviews. Email interviews have a unique set of tools, advantages, and limitations, and are not meant to be blind reproductions of traditional face-to-face interview techniques. Email interviews should be implemented when: 1) researchers can justify email interviews are useful to a research project; ...
Millennials, email interviewing, Gadamerian Hermeneutical Phenomenology, mixed-use communities
79 - 92
Nancy Leech, Carolyn A. Haug
Instruction in research methods, particularly statistical training, is an essential requirement for most higher education advanced-degree students. However, results from the institutional survey reported here demonstrate that many faculty in schools of education still do not require or offer a variety of research and analysis courses to provide this training. This article will explore graduate-lev ...
research courses; statistics courses; requirements in doctoral programs; requirements in Master’s programs
93 - 110
Lynn McAlpine, Mahima Mitra
Doctoral students have often been described as apprentices engaged in workplace learning. Further, assumptions are frequently made in the literature about the common nature of such learning experiences, e.g., in the sciences, research-related practices are learned in a lab within the supervisor’s program and team. A few recent studies of the science doctoral experience have challenged this view ar ...
Science doctoral experience, research-related practices, workplace learning, PhD workplaces
111 - 128
Cathy M. Littlefield, Laura M. Taddei, Meghan E. Radosh
With doctoral completion rates hovering around 50%, students, faculty and institutions are seeking methods for improvement. This narrative inquiry examined the impact of collaboration and peer to peer experiences on doctoral completion of three peers in a part-time doctoral program. Prior to this inquiry, minimal research existed on the impact of peer to peer support and collaboration on doctoral ...
Peer to peer support, part-time doctoral completion, organic collaboration, intentional relational learning, narrative inquiry, group dynamics
129 - 142
Mark Boadu, Mohamed Karim Sorour
Grounded theory is a powerful and rigorous theory building methodology that has attracted considerable interest in business research; however, it is a challenging endeavour especially for novice researchers and in particular at the doctoral level. Although several researchers have attempted to clarify the cannons of various grounded theory approaches, still there is a shortage in guidance for doct ...
Research methodology, Qualitative Research, Grounded Theory, corporate governance, Doctoral research
143 - 166
rohan nethsinghe, Jane Southcott
Increasingly doctoral candidates are attempting to complete a thesis by publication. This format varies between universities but there are common issues particularly in terms of progression, planning and timing. There are both advantages and difficulties involved in undertaking a thesis in this format. Our discussion of the supervisor/candidate partnership is framed within the requirements of a ti ...
Doctoral supervision, thesis with publication, cognitive apprenticeship, mentoring, building trust, shared autophenomenography
167 - 185
Suzanne Painter, Christopher M Clark
There are relentless calls for innovation in higher education programs in response to media and policy-makers attention to such concerns as instructional quality, relevance to employment, costs, and time-to-degree. At the same time, the individual course remains the primary unit of instruction and there is little evidence of faculty development strategies to assist with changing core instructional ...
Faculty development, doctoral programs, reform, innovation, leadership
187 - 198
Kimberly A. Griffin, Marcela Muniz
While researchers, institutional leaders, and policymakers have made significant progress towards increasing undergraduate student diversity in the United States, diversity in graduate education has been less often studied and a more challenging goal on which to make progress. This qualitative study explores the roles and work of graduate diversity officers (GDOs) in student recruitment activitie ...
diversity, recruitment, administration, graduate education, United States
199 - 216
Marla Woolderink, Katarina Putnik, Hannerieke van der Boom, Gonnie Klabbers
PhD trajectories are important to universities, as these contribute to the increase in knowledge and output. Therefore, they aim to decrease the completion time and dropout.
This article reports on our survey amongst PhD candidates and supervisors of the Graduate School CAPHRI, Maastricht University, The Netherlands. We investigated interpersonal aspects of coaching and (implicit) assumptions on ...
Quality of PhD supervision, Hurdles and success factors related to PhD supervision, Supervision of PhD candidates, Exploratory qualitative study, Communication in PhD supervision
217 - 235
Heather Thiry, Sandra L Laursen, Heidi G. Loshbaugh
Drawing on developmental networks theory, this qualitative research study explores the professional preparation and career decision-making processes of doctoral students in the sciences. The study is based on 95 semi-structured interviews with informants at three research universities in the United States. Though many students were interested in non-academic career tracks, they were largely unawa ...
Ph.D. students, career preparation, decision-making processes, doctoral students, science students
237 - 256
Louis J. Grabowski, Jeanette Miller
The emerging body of research on business professional doctoral programs has focused primarily on the programs’ composition and management, offering limited insight into students’ motivations and the impact the degree has on graduates and their careers. However, understanding these student motivations and career impacts is valuable for several reasons. In addition to helping future candidates asse ...
Professional doctorates, careers of professional doctoral graduates, motivations of professional doctoral students, doctoral education process
257 - 278
Gary Dusek, Yuilya Yurova, Cynthia P. Ruppel
Response rates to the academic surveys used in quantitative research are decreasing and have been for several decades among both individuals and organizations. Given this trend, providing doctoral students an opportunity to complete their dissertations in a timely and cost effective manner may necessitate identifying more innovative and relevant ways to collect data while maintaining appropriate ...
sampling hard-to-reach populations, snowball sampling, sampling from social media, response rate, LinkedIn
279 - 299
Sarah Zahl
This study examines the ways that part-time Ph.D. students develop community within the academic department and how a sense of community is related to persistence. This study included 12 participants (ten students and two program chairs) in two academic departments at one urban research institution. This qualitative study followed a descriptive case study design and provided three levels of data: ...
doctoral education, part-time Ph.D. students, community, graduate study, persistence
301 - 321
Joshua Gisemba Bagaka's, Irina Bransteter, Sarah Rispinto, Natale Badillo
The study explored features of an educational doctoral program that enhances doctoral student success. Doctoral student success is defined broadly to include not only completion and retention rates, but also the ability of the program to produce effective scholars in the field. The study utilized a mixed-method approach, incorporating quantitative and qualitative data from both alumni and current ...
mentorship, doctoral programs, research engagement, doctoral student success, formation of scholars, retention rates
323 - 342
Simy Joy, Xiang Fen Liang, Diana Bilimoria, Susan Perry
Unlike the doctoral programs in places where students are paired with advisors at the time of admission itself, most US programs require the students to choose their advisors, and the advisors to formally accept the students as advisees. Little research has been done to understand how students and faculty approach this mutual selection and pairing process. This paper examines this process in STEM ...
Doctoral education, advisor/advisee selection, gender, nationality, career stage
343 - 363
Daniel A Nagel, Victoria F Burns, Carla Tilley, Diane Aubin
Graduate students considering constructivist grounded theory as a qualitative methodological approach may benefit from recognizing the many challenges they could face when embarking in thesis work. These challenges include great diversity in approaches to grounded theory, lack of congruity in how grounded theory methodology is described and understood within the literature, and a dearth of experti ...
qualitative research, constructivist grounded theory, graduate students, methodology, grounded theory
365 - 383
Tuure Tammi, Anna Kouhia
This article examines the questions of professional identity formulation and the possibilities of young scholars to reflect on these processes. Relying on insights of collaborative autoethnography, this article is based on a four year long process of exploring our ways of participating in the community of academic practice. This process is studied through discussing various metaphors related to ac ...
professional identity, metaphors, collaborative autoethnography, participation, young re-searchers, doctoral students
385 - 398
Steven Chesnut, Kamau Oginga Siwatu, Haeni Young, Yi Tong
This study examined the relationship between graduate students’ research training environment, course experience, and research self-efficacy beliefs. The findings of the descriptive and regression analyses suggest that graduate students’ (n = 161) general research, quantitative, and qualitative research self-efficacy beliefs varied and that these beliefs were related to different aspects of the r ...
graduate student, professional development, research, self-efficacy, training
399 - 418
Matthew Flynn, Merilyn G Carter, Jennifer Alford, Hilary Hughes, Jillian Fox, Jennifer Duke
International forums for doctoral students offer a fertile context for developing strategic partnerships between higher education institutions, as well as for building the intercultural capacity of early career academics. However, there is limited research investigating the benefits of international doctoral forum partnerships. This paper presents learnings from a recent international doctoral for ...
Australia, China, international, doctoral forum, boundary crossing, collaboration, university, case study
419 - 438
Christelle Devos, Nicolas Van der Linden, Gentiane Boudrenghien, Assaad Azzi, Mariane Frenay, Benoit Galand, Olivier Klein
The purpose of the present study was twofold. First, we used the three types of support depicted in Self-Determination Theory (SDT) (structure, involvement and autonomy support) to examine supervision practices in the doctoral context. Conversely, we used this material to discuss the theory and suggest new developments to it.
To this end, we conducted semi-structured interviews with 21 former Ph ...
Doctoral students, PhD, supervision, supervisor, self-determination theory, qualitative
439 - 464
Candice Satchwell, Hazel Partington, Lynne Barnes, Ridwanah Gurjee, Susan Ramsdale, Jacqueline D Dodding, Kathryn Drury
This article explores the value of attending to the emotional side of the doctoral journey by focusing on the use of a ‘secret’ Facebook group amongst a cohort of EdD (Professional Doctorate in Education) students at one English university. Presented as a piece of action research in which the participants created an intervention to address a perceived problem and then reflected on its effectivene ...
Reflection, cohort, emotion, social, Facebook, support, secret, professional doctorate, education
465 - 482
Tamara Bertrand Jones, La'Tara Osborne-Lampkin, Shawna M. Patterson, Danielle Joy Davis
Formal structures that support doctoral student socialization are limited, while formal programs for Black women doctoral students specifically are even more scarce. The purpose of this research was to examine an early career professional development program for Black women doctoral students and its influence on the mentoring relationships developed by participants. We conducted individual intervi ...
doctoral student socialization, Black women, mentoring, professional development
483 - 499
Melanie Greene
While a lack of support has been identified as a contributing factor to non-persistence in graduate studies, there is an absence of literature that matches the provision of specific types of support services with outcomes at the doctoral level. The following questions were addressed in this study: (1) What is the role of institutional support in the persistence and success of graduate students? (2 ...
doctoral students, student development, persistence, student services
501 - 518
Pia Bøgelund, Erik de Graaff
The purpose of the doctoral education process is to create and legitimize scholarly researchers. This transformation, from student to scholar, is widely discussed in the literature. However, recent rapid changes in university culture have resulted in less time for supervision, stricter completion deadlines, and a greater focus on efficiency and productivity. This has had an impact on this transiti ...
Legitimate scholar, independence, interdependence, international PhD students, knowledge production
519 - 533
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Shana R. Ponelis
The use of the case study method has gained mainstream acceptance in both entrepreneurship and information systems research to develop conceptual and theoretical models that are novel, yet grounded in the literature. In spite of many texts on the case study method and the growing acceptance and use of thereof, there are relatively few examples that discuss how to apply the case study method. The p ...
case study method, qualitative methods, interpretive research paradigm, exploratory research, theory building, semi-structured interviews, information systems, IS, entrepreneurship, small and medium enterprises, SMEs
535 - 550

Volume 9, 2014


Pamela Petrease Felder, Howard C. Stevenson, Marybeth Gasman
21 - 42
Anthony Olalere, Edward De lulio, Amin Marei Aldarbag, Mehmet Akif Erdener
85 - 107
Valerie Tharp Byers, Rachel N. Smith, Eunjin Hwang, Kay E. Angrove, Jason I. Chandler, Kelsey M. Christian, Shirley H. Dickerson, Leah McAlister-Shields, Stephen P. Thompson, Magdalena A. Denham, Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie
109 - 136
KerryAnn O'Meara, Audrey Jaeger, Jennifer Eliason, Ashley Grantham, Kelly Cowdery, Allison Mitchall, Kate Jingjing Zhang
155 - 179
181 - 203
Jeremi London, Monica Farmer Cox, Benjamin Ahn, Sara Branch, Tasha Zephirin, Ana Torres-Ayala, Jiabin Zhu
205 - 227
229 - 247
Nicola Ulibarri, Amanda E. Cravens, Marilyn Cornelius, Adam Royalty, Anja Svetina Nabergoj
249 - 270
Amanda Rockinson-Szapkiw, Lucinda S. Spaulding, Bob Bade
293 - 308
Allyson Holbrook, Kylie Shaw, Jill Scevak, Sid Bourke, Robert Cantwell, Janene Budd
329 - 346

Volume 8, 2013


Edna Martinez, Chinasa Ordu, Matthew R. Della Sala, Adam McFarlane
39 - 59
James A. Bernauer, George Semich, Jacqueline Courtney Klentzin, E. Gregory Holdan
173 - 193

Volume 7, 2012


Michael Jones
v - vi
Cliff Haynes, Marievic Bulosan, Jeff Citty, Michelle Grant-Harris, JoCynda Hudson, Mirka Koro-Ljungberg
1 - 17
Susan K. Gardner, Bryan Gopaul
63 - 78
Laura Casey Amo, Serkan Ada, Raj Sharman
79 - 92
Andy Luse, Brian Mennecke, Anthony Townsend
143 - 152
Mara Yerkes, Rens van de Schoot, Hans Sonneveld
153 - 166
199 - 219
221 - 234
Monika R. Anderson, Jacqueline M. Ingram, Brandie J. Buford, Roslinda Rosli, Michelle L. Bledsoe, Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie
279 - 309
331 - 348
Susan K. Gardner, Jessica Jansujwicz, Karen Hutchins, Brittany Cline, Vanessa Levesque
377 - 394

Volume 6, 2011


Benita Barnes, Linda A. Chard, Edward W. Wolfe, Martha L.A. Stassen, Elizabeth A. Williams
1 - 17
Veronica Castro, Elda E. Garcia, Javier Cavazos, Jr., Alma Y. Castro
51 - 77

Volume 5, 2010


Yair Levy
v - vii
Cindy L. Benge, Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie, Marla H. Mallette, Melissa L. Burgess
55 - 77
79 - 92

Volume 4, 2009


Yair Levy
iii - v

Volume 3, 2008


Bernd Carsten Stahl , Jehad Al-Amri, Suad Almullah, Muneeb Dawood, Christine Fidler, Mohanad Halaweh, Osita Ibekwe, Raed Kareem Kanaan, Mick Phythian, Abdullah Al-Shery, Khaled Swesi, Sarai Tangai
31 - 42

Volume 2, 2007


1 - 8

Volume 1, 2006


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