International Journal of Doctoral Studies

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Vol. 7, Annual

My World Is Not My Doctoral Program ... or Is It?: Female Students' Perceptions of Well-Being
Introduction The number of conferred doctoral degrees for females in America has increased by almost ten percent between 1997 and 2007, eclipsing male students for the first time (U.S. Department of Education, 2009). Compared to their male counterparts,...
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Educating Knowledgeable and Skilled Researchers in Doctoral Programs in Schools of Education: A New Model
Introduction As evidenced by the numerous advertisements in the Chronicle of Higher Education and a multitude of list-serves, organizations across the United States are searching for graduates who can do the work of knowledgeable and skilled researchers....
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Using Contextual Constructs Model to Frame Doctoral Research Methodology
Introduction "All research is based on assumptions about how the world is perceived and how we can best come to understand if" (Trochim, 2002). Developing a research methodology for a research project is a complex process (Goulding, 2002; Holden...
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The Part-Time Doctoral Student Experience
Introduction Investigations of the doctoral student experience have continued to populate the higher education literature throughout the United States (U.S.) and across the world. In particular, scholars have sought to understand how the doctoral...
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The Role of Scholar Status in the Academic Publication Process
Introduction Research activity is a driving force in doctoral education and has implications for students, faculty members, and academic departments. Success in academia hinges on publication outcomes, making it crucial to learn more about the publication...
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Academic Pathways to University Leadership: Presidents' Descriptions of Their Doctoral Education
Introduction Although individuals come to the presidency from a variety of environments, over 40% of college and university presidents have earned a doctoral degree in either education or higher education (American Council of Education [ACE], 2007)....
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From One Culture to Another: Years One and Two of Graduate School for African American Women in the STEM Fields
Introduction Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have long been an intellectual resource for the African American community. HBCUs have provided and continue to provide an educational pathway for many African American students,...
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Selecting a Research Topic: A Framework for Doctoral Students
Introduction Beginning academic research is one of the most important activities for new doctoral students. While debated by many, the publish or perish mantra still has credence within the academic arena (De Rond & Miller, 2005). Good teaching...
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Who Are the Job Seekers? Explaining Unemployment among Doctoral Recipients
Introduction There has been increased attention for issues specific to doctoral education in recent years, with analyses that focus on doctoral training (Bleiklie & Hostaker, 2004; Enders & de Weert, 2004) or stages of the doctoral trajectory...
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Identifying Effects of Institutional Resources and Support on Computing Faculty Research Productivity, Tenure, and Promotion
Introduction Over the last few decades, there has been a growing body of literature on the research productivity of faculty in higher education (Athey & Plotnicki, 2000; Blackburn, Bieber, Lawrence, & Trautvetter, 1991; Brocato & Mavis,...
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Hearing Their Voices: Factors Doctoral Candidates Attribute to Their Persistence
Introduction Doctoral persistence is "the continuance of a student's progress toward the completion of a doctoral degree" (Bair, 1999, p. 8). Studies over the last four decades show that 40% to 60% of doctoral candidates at some stage in the process...
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Equity Theory Based Strategies for Students on Overcoming Problems in Ph.D. Dissertation Committees
Introduction Equity is the art of one individual being fair and impartial in social interactions with another individual (Adams, 1965). It is an art because it requires an individual to have a skill. The skill resists the ease that comes with selfish...
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Using Education Informatics to Improve Library Services to Doctoral Students: An Embedded Approach
Introduction For more than a decade libraries have struggled to provide effective library training for both undergraduate and graduate students. While much of the focus has been on undergraduate students, usually, graduate students and specifically...
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Should Online Doctoral Instructors Adopt Audio Feedback as an Instructional Strategy? Preliminary Evidence
Introduction As online doctoral programs become more prevalent, educators need to identify effective online instructional strategies. Technological advancements provide new opportunities for educators to promote both learning and community in their...
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Motivation, Satisfaction, and Innate Psychological Needs
Introduction The high attrition rate of doctoral students has been described as a "hidden crisis" (Lovitts & Nelson, 2000). Research has indicated that 30 percent to 50 percent of doctoral students did not complete their degrees (Berelson, 1960,...
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Doctoral Students' Perceptions of Characteristics of Effective College Teachers: A Mixed Analysis
Introduction Since the early 1920s, administrators representing virtually all universities and colleges worldwide have been using some form of evaluation instrument to measure teacher effectiveness (Guthrie, 1954; Kulik, 2001; Seldin, 1993). These...
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Navigating the Doctoral Experience: The Role of Social Support in Successful Degree Completion
Introduction The doctoral degree is considered the pinnacle of education, and it is pursued by nearly 100,000 students in the U.S. (Carnegie Classification, n.d.). Doctoral students are among the best and brightest students, having championed the...
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Vol. 6, Annual

Editorial Preface by the Editor-in-Chief
International Journal of Doctoral Studies (Vol. 6) IJDS had another great year. We have seen a significant increase this year in articles submission. The IJDS editorial board members have been very busy throughout the year to maintain the quality...
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An Evaluation of the Psychometric Properties of the Graduate Advising Survey for Doctoral Students
Introduction At one time, graduate training in the United States (U.S.) was hailed as one of the best systems of doctoral education in the world (Golde, 2006; Nettles & Millet, 2006). However, with vexing problems, such as a declining interest...
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Feeling the Doctorate: Is Doctoral Research That Studies the Emotional Labor of Doctoral Students Possible?
Introduction Our interest in the topic of the emotions of researchers conducting qualitative research in general, and the emotions of doctoral students conducting qualitative research in the social sciences in particular, was sparked following an...
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Empowering Doctoral Candidates in Finding Relevant Concepts in a Literature Set
Introduction Searching bibliographic databases and other repositories of published literature is an essential task for researchers. This task is supported by methods developed and refined over hundreds of years. With the advent of computers and...
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The Road to Doctoral Success and Beyond
Introduction Recent statistics illustrate that more women than men are enrolled in higher education institutions (U.S. Department of Education, 2009). Historically, more men had always been enrolled in universities. Beginning in 1980, women began...
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A Cultural Repertoire of Practices in Doctoral Education
Introduction Culture has become an exceedingly common component of higher education research (i.e., Tierney, 1988; Valimaa, 1998). Organizational theorist Edgar Schein defined culture as "a set of taken for granted assumptions," concluding that...
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Guiding the Use of Grounded Theory in Doctoral Studies-An Example from the Australian Film Industry
Introduction Selecting an appropriate research method is one of the most critical challenges presented to a doctoral researcher. Phillips (1976) likened this element to the Magna Carta of research. The research method must be designed into the research...
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A Mixed Research Investigation of Factors Related to Time to the Doctorate in Education
Introduction Although the attainment of the doctorate is considered to be the pinnacle of education, in the United States, the time taken to attain the doctorate (TTD) has been increasing over the years (Bowen & Rudenstine, 1992; Hoffer, Hess,...
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Vol. 5, Annual

International Journal of Doctoral Studies (Vol. 5)
This year, the International Journal of Doctoral Studies (IJDS) was honored with an important achievement for all the hard work done by the journal's authors, editorial review board members, and editors when the 2010 Australian Government Excellence...
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Potential Predictors of Timely Completion among Dissertation Research Students at an Australian Faculty of Sciences
Introduction The training of Doctoral and Masters research students (here referred to as Dissertation Research, [DR] students), collectively referred to as Higher Degree Research (HDR) students in Australia, is a core part of the activities of any...
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Motives and Aspirations for Doctoral Study: Career, Personal, and Inter-Personal Factors in the Decision to Embark on a History PhD
Introduction Why would a mature person decide to do a PhD? It is not urban myth that a significant number of doctoral students fail in completing their degrees, nor is the stereotype of the lonely dissertation student toiling away for years and...
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Managing Perceived Coping Behavior While Mentoring Doctoral Students
Introduction and Background A recent study from Protivnak and Foss (2009) found that a few doctoral students listed their motivation to achieve a doctoral degree as a means to manage the stress and cope. Additionally, Protivnak and Foss discovered...
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Faculty Perspectives on Doctoral Student Socialization in Five Disciplines
Introduction Socialization has become the prevailing framework through which the doctoral student experience has been examined (Austin, 2002; Baird, 1992; Bess, 1978; Clark & Corcoran, 1986; Ellis, 2001; Gardner, 2007; Keith & Moore, 1995;...
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Doctoral Students' Perceptions of Barriers to Reading Empirical Literature: A Mixed Analysis
Introduction Studies of doctoral students seem to have a relatively small representation in the academic literature; yet, even so, there is one clear and compelling point often noted: the attrition rate among doctoral students ranges from 30% to...
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Starting to Publish Academic Research as a Doctoral Student
Introduction Few students, even those registered in doctoral programs, engage in formal academic writing at a level sufficient enough to get accepted in quality peer-reviewed journals (Gray & Drew, 2008). Having grasped the proper construction...
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Vol. 4, Annual

The Need for Teaching Doctoral Students How to Teach
Introduction "It has been said that college teaching is the only profession for which there is no professional training, and it is commonly argued that this is because our graduate schools train scholars and scientists rather than teachers. We are...
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Volunteer Support of English as an Additional Language (EAL) for Doctoral Students
Introduction English-as-an-additional-language (EAL) research students are a prized resource for universities desirous of doctoral output. Universities wanting more annual doctoral completions (see confirmation of these phenomena in Carter, 2006;...
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The Business Professional Doctorate as an Informing Channel: A Survey and Analysis
Introduction A professional or practitioner doctorate can be described as a terminal degree that is either intended to qualify an individual for a particular profession or to enhance the skills of an individual. While common in some fields (e.g.,...
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Vol. 3, Annual

Development of English Academic Writing Competence by Turkish Scholars
Introduction The study of Non-Native Speakers' (NNS) scholarly writing ability is a topic of increasing interest for two main reasons. First, the presence of NNS students in Anglophone tertiary institutions has increased over the last decade,...
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Situating Educational Computing Doctoral Students in a Community of Practice: A Rubric-Driven, Online Portfolio System
Introduction Research has shown that students better conceptualize knowledge that is acquired in a learning context that closely matches or is "situated in" its real-world context (Brown, Collins, & Duguid, 1989; Cognition and Technology...
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The Social Side of Theory: A Community-Based Narrative of Research and Theory
Introduction The concept of theory is central to any research but it has particular relevance to research students who are under a strong expectation to be conversant with theoretical issues in their field of study. Exposure to a variety of theories...
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Explication of Tacit Knowledge in Higher Education Institutional Research through the Criteria of Professional Practice Action Research Approach: A Focus Group Case Study at an Australian University
Introduction This paper examines the role of employing reflective professional practice action research as an approach in the evaluation of the explication of tacit knowledge. The paper also presents an account of personal experiences as a heuristically...
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Selecting an Appropriate Publication Outlet: A Comprehensive Model of Journal Selection Criteria for Researchers in a Broad Range of Academic Disciplines
Background The goal of this research was to develop a comprehensive model of the considerations that an author ought to contemplate when selecting a journal for submission of a manuscript. Most academics are required to conduct research and publish...
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Vol. 2, Annual

A Proposed Ph.D. Student Bill of Rights
The Concept of Fairness in Student Rights The theme of "fairness" is used in universities as a justification for student rights ("Graduate Handbook," 2007). This fairness theme's origin is based on the "Fairness Principle" used in many codes of...
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Successfully Navigating the Stages of Doctoral Study
Introduction Most doctoral programs inherently have a lack of structure associated with them that coincides with the nature of the knowledge business. Every doctoral student is unique in his or her attitude and ability and, consequently, in the...
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Selecting a Doctoral Dissertation Supervisor: Analytical Hierarchy Approach to the Multiple Criteria Problem
Introduction A fundamental characteristic of doctoral research is that it is carried out under the guidance of one or more academic supervisors. Although researchers have paid attention to many aspects of student learning and research in management...
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Dealing with Social Isolation to Minimize Doctoral Attrition-A Four Stage Framework
Introduction This paper builds on a previous study conducted by the same authors in order to complete and build a framework for dealing with feeling of social isolation at doctoral programs. In the previous study, Ali and Kohun (2006) established...
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Vol. 1, Annual

Designing an Indonesian Leadership Training Program: Reflections upon Decisions Made
Introduction Merriam (1998) suggests that planning a research project has similarities to planning a yearly vacation trip. Before embarking on any vacation much thought must be given to factors such as the destination, the cost, the method of travel,...
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Dealing with Isolation Feelings in IS Doctoral Programs
Introduction The high rate of attrition (or drop-out) among doctoral students has been the subject of research in numerous literature. Most of the literature agree on the severity of this problem and the effect it has on students as well as on doctoral...
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The Professional Doctorate: Its Relativity to the Ph.D. and Relevance for the Knowledge Economy
Introduction Recent debate about the value of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Australia resulted in a review by the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) of research training in doctoral programs. The outcome...
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Determining the Extent to Which Program Structure Features and Integration Mechanisms Facilitate or Impede Doctoral Student Persistence in Mathematics
Introduction Mathematics, as a discipline, is faced with a number of concerns. Over the last twenty years, academic commentators have voiced disquiet over, 'the supply, quality, and composition of the U.S. talent pool in scientific and mathematics...
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International Journal of Doctoral Studies (Vol. 1)
It is a great challenge to bring a new journal into the world, especially when the journal aims to publish high quality manuscripts. In addition, although doctoral studies have been a major focus for most of us and many scholars understand their value,...
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