Table of Contents for Volume 18, 2023, of the International Journal of Doctoral Studies
IJDS, International Journal of Doctoral Studies, PhD, doctoral studies
.i - iii
Aim/Purpose: Graduate students face immense pressures and challenges as part of the graduate school experience, with few avenues to express their frustrations. While the crisis of graduate student mental health is well-documented quantitatively, and the stresses of graduate school are explored on the institutional level, there are few qualitative studies of these issues. Background: This study ai ...
graduate students, internet memes, online communities
1 - 23
Using Stimulus Material to Explore How Supervisors and Candidates Clarify Expectations During the Research Supervision Process in England
Aim/Purpose: This study examined the perceptions of doctoral supervisors and candidates around how expectations for doctoral supervision are clarified, and the strategies used. Background: Clarifying expectations is recommended in supervisor and candidate handbooks, supervisor training and recognition programme. Formal strategies have been adopted as a blanket approach by some departments, facult ...
research supervision, higher education, relationships, expectations, pedagogy, andragogy
25 - 53
Aim/Purpose: Alignment of academic curricula and employer needs is widely discussed yet implementation lags. Research on EdD curricula has universality for other academic programs and may catalyze pedagogical innovation to promote employability in other disciplines. Background: This study contributes evidence-based data to strengthen career relevance of academic programs, align curriculum content ...
graduate employability, career competence, curriculum, employer
55 - 75
Aim/Purpose: To provide a research proposal writing framework to help doctoral students argue and motivate their efforts at furthering the existing knowledge available to understand some phenomenon or theory. Background: I discuss how the cognitive process theory of writing and the science writing heuristic can lead to a set of rhetorical moves and question prompts that students can use to develo ...
research proposal, pedagogy, problem, heuristic, cognitive, writing, scaffolding, doctoral
77 - 97
Aim/Purpose: Recent research highlights the growing decline in doctoral students’ mental health and wellbeing, caused not only by the pressures, stress, and isolation of doctoral studies but also by existential issues around personal development and future prospects. Consequently, we argue that there is an urgent need to reassess the supervisory process to support doctoral students in addressing t ...
coaching, PhD, research supervision, doctoral students, Normalisation Process Theory
99 - 118
PhD by Prospective Publication in Australian Business Schools: Provocations from a Collaborative Autoethnography
Aim/Purpose: The goal of this essay is to critically reflect on the emerging trend for PhDs by Prospective Publication (PbPP) in Australian Business Schools and to explore its appropriateness for fledgling academics. Background: The PbPP is a relatively new and increasingly popular alternative to traditional PhD by monograph (PbM). It is the idea that a doctorate can be completed by writing a ser ...
PhD by Publication, PhD by Prospective Publication, PhD by Monograph, doctorate, PhD, doctoral education, doctoral supervision, co-authorship
119 - 136
Into the Challenges of Aligning Key Sections of Doctoral Dissertations: Cognitive Analysis, Pedagogical Tools, and Instrument Development
Aim/Purpose The purpose of this study is to introduce an instrument that contains a set of exercises intended to help doctoral students align the key sections of their dissertation document. The exercises are developed after providing cognitive analysis of the factors that make aligning these key sections challenging to many, and after discussing pedagogical tools that can be used to address thes ...
Doctoral dissertation alignment, aligning sections of doctoral dissertation, doctoral dissertation challenges
137 - 171
What Does It Mean To Be a Resilient Student? An Explorative Study of Doctoral Students’ Resilience and Coping Strategies Using Grounded Theory as the Analytic Lens
Aim/Purpose: This study aimed to explore doctoral students’ perceived resilience and the coping strategies they choose to employ to overcome challenging circumstances during their studies. Background: Doctoral students often experience barriers which may include personal, professional, academic, and institutional-related challenges. The students’ ability to recover from any burdensome situations ...
doctoral students, resilience, psychological capital, adversity, well-being, coping strategies, interviews, grounded theory
173 - 198
Mitigating Ceiling Effects in a Longitudinal Study of Doctoral Engineering Student Stress and Persistence
Aim/Purpose: The research reported here aims to demonstrate a method by which novel applications of qualitative data in quantitative research can resolve ceiling effect tensions for educational and psychological research. Background: Self-report surveys and scales are essential to graduate education and social science research. Ceiling effects reflect the clustering of responses at the highest re ...
doctoral students, attrition, persistence, stress, longitudinal survey, SMS sur-vey, ceiling effects, qualitative
199 - 227
Writing Feedback and the Success of English as an Additional Language (EAL) Doctoral Students: The Role of Dialogue
Aim/Purpose: Scholars and practitioners agree that feedback is critical to doctoral students’ academic writing development, yet effective feedback processes are complex. The purpose of this case study was to examine the role of dialogue in a Writing Feedback Group (WFG) in facilitating the development of the scholarly writing of English as an Additional Language (EAL) doctoral students. The resear ...
doctoral writing, writing groups, feedback
229 - 250
Aim/Purpose: Our study explores the factors contributing to the Imposter Phenomenon among doctoral students in the United States. Background: Many studies show that Imposter Phenomenon impacts women doctoral students and students from minority groups, especially if they are enrolled in Predominantly White Institutions. Our study focuses explicitly on contributing factors to the Imposter Phenomeno ...
imposter syndrome, imposter phenomenon, doctoral students, qualitative study, higher education
251 - 269