EdD Students’ Self-Efficacy and Interest in Conducting Research

Monica R Kerrigan, Kimberly Walker Hayes
International Journal of Doctoral Studies  •  Volume 11  •  2016  •  pp. 147-162
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) programs. The success of students enrolled in Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in conducting research has been found to be related to students’ self-efficacy and interest, but these concepts have not been explored with EdD students who are more likely to engage in applied research in their workplace than to create a research-focused career. This study sought to understand the self-efficacy and interest that EdD students enrolled in an Educational Leadership program have in research skills and tasks in order to improve research course offerings. Our findings with EdD students are consistent with existing research on PhD students regarding research self-efficacy but we did not observe significant changes in students’ interest over time. We suggest avenues for future study in light of current accountability reporting requirements for practitioners.
Doctoral students, practitioner-researcher, research skills, self-efficacy
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