International Journal of Doctoral Studies

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Vol. 10, Annual

Exploring Graduate Students' Attitudes towards Team Research and Their Scholarly Productivity: A Survey Guided by the Theory of Planned Behavior
Introduction Graduate students' scholarly productivity is critical to their future careers. Graduate education is considered to "put a great emphasis on research skills and research-based decision making that is beyond the capabilities of most undergraduate...
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The Relationship between School/department Rankings, Student Achievements, and Student Experiences: The Case of Psychology
Introduction What predicts academic success during graduate school? How does the average student evaluate his or her graduate school experience? The current research started while the authors were in graduate school studying social psychology and...
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How Supervisors Perceive PhD Supervision-And How They Practice It
Introduction Higher education in many western countries has experienced a change in culture relating from budgetary constraints, calls for greater accountability and competition for students (Schniederjans, 2007). In Europe this change in culture...
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Defining the Graduate College Experience: What It "Should" versus "Does" Include
Introduction Any educational journey is a complex experience, unique to students, based on their prior knowledge and experience, and on the goals and expectations that they bring to it. Graduate education is more individualized than compulsory or...
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Interviewing When You're Not Face-to-Face: The Use of Email Interviews in a Phenomenological Study
Introduction As more people congregate online, qualitative researchers are exploring the use of online tools for research (Abrams, Wang, Song, & Galindo-Gonzalez, 2014; Jones, 1999; Hine, 2000, 2004, 2005; Mann & Stewart, 2000; Seymour,...
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Investigating Graduate Level Research and Statistics Courses in Schools of Education
Introduction Faculty in schools of education have questioned what research and analysis methods courses should be taught and how many research and analysis methods courses are appropriate in order to have students graduate with the ability to conduct...
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Becoming a Scientist: PhD Workplaces and Other Sites of Learning
Context: Learning Science In the literature, doctoral students have often been described as apprentices (Enders, 2005) learning research-related practices through observation, experience and interaction (aside from any required course work) in institutionally...
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Organic Collaborative Teams: The Role of Collaboration and Peer to Peer Support for Part-Time Doctoral Completion
Introduction Completion rates among doctoral students remain an ongoing issue in higher education institutions (Gardner, 2010; Holley & Caldwell, 2012; Holloway & Alexandre, 2012; Jairam & Kahl, 2012; Jaschik, 2007; Kania-Gosche, Leavitt,...
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On Utilizing Grounded Theory in Business Doctoral Research: Guidance on the Research Design, Procedures, and Challenges
Introduction Research design refers to the "plans and procedures for research that span the decisions from broad assumptions to detailed methods of data collection and analysis" (Creswell, 2009, p. 3). Moreover, research design indicates how the...
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A Juggling Act: Supervisor/candidate Partnership in a Doctoral Thesis by Publication
Introduction Over the past decade there has been increasing interest in the "processes, educational strategies, outcomes, and cultural and methodological dimensions of postgraduate supervision ... [and] a growing number of potential and neophyte...
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Leading Change: Faculty Development through Structured Collaboration
It is no easy task to change instructional practices in institutions of higher education (IHEs). Problems generally include cultures that are change averse, unnecessary processes, inefficient decision-making, contradictory accountability and reward...
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Vol. 9, Annual

Cohort-Based Doctoral Programs: What We Have Learned over the Last 18 Years
Introduction Over four decades the cohort-based model in higher educational programs has been increasingly popular in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and elsewhere. The rationale for the development of this model is associated with...
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Understanding Race in Doctoral Student Socialization
Understanding Race in Doctoral Student Socialization Understanding that race within the doctoral process has wide-reaching implications for building knowledge about how to facilitate and doctoral support student success for students of color. A...
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Postgraduate Research Supervision: An 'Agreed' Conceptual View of Good Practice through Derived Metaphors
Introduction Postgraduate research is an ever changing and complex area of activity. For a number of years, researchers, practitioners, and professionals have attempted to understand and make sense of the world from varying perspectives with research...
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Utilizing a Co-Teaching Model to Enhance Digital Literacy Instruction for Doctoral Students
Definition of Relevant Terms 1. Citation Management/Manager- Any reference management software that enables researchers to digitally collect, organize, and share bibliographic references (Reitz, 2014). 2. Co-Teaching- Involves two or more library...
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Supporting a Humanizing Pedagogy in the Supervision Relationship and Process: A Reflection in a Developing Country
Introduction Supervision can be seen as a form of teaching. I never really saw it that way and actually viewed it as a separate practice to the normal teaching we do in the classroom. However, I was wrong. One is actually teaching a student to become...
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The Dissertation Topic Selection of Doctoral Students Using Dynamic Network Analysis
Introduction The dissertation is the culminating feature of the doctoral program. The significance of a doctoral student's completed dissertation is of immense importance both to the field and student. Not only does the dissertation signify the...
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Survival Strategies: Doctoral Students' Perceptions of Challenges and Coping Methods
Introduction By design, earning a doctorate degree is not a quick or easy process; otherwise, the educational value of the graduate school's terminal degree would be diminished. As noted by M. Jones (2013), attrition rates for doctoral students...
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Preparing for Practice: Parallel Processes of Identity Development in Stage 3 of Doctoral Education
Introduction "The academic job market is the final gauntlet one has to survive." This quote from a student summarizes study participants' impressions of the final stage of the doctoral student experience, Stage 3, the time after the dissertation...
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By Design: How Departments Influence Graduate Student Agency in Career Advancement
Introduction Darius, an engineering student, and Leslie, a biology student, arrived on campus on the same day to begin their doctoral programs. However, three years into their studies, they find themselves in very different places. Darius feels...
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Poverty and Persistence: A Model for Understanding Individuals' Pursuit and Persistence in a Doctor of Education Program
Introduction Researchers and theorists have established that childhood poverty has a negative influence on academic motivation and educational outcomes (Sirin, 2005; Young, Johnson, Hawthorne, & Pugh, 2011). The effects of childhood poverty...
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Motivations for Pursuing an Engineering Phd and Perceptions of Its Added Value: A U.S.-Based Study
Introduction Society's grand challenges surrounding healthcare, energy, and education are complex, interdisciplinary, and difficult to solve; and engineers play a vital role in addressing them (NAE, 2008b). Finding solutions to these challenges...
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Reflecting, Iterating, and Tolerating Ambiguity: Highlighting the Creative Process of Scientific and Scholarly Research for Doctoral Education
Introduction Learning to conduct original research is a complex process. In the course of earning a doctoral degree, students gradually transition from a dependent phase where a professor provides ongoing feedback (e.g., through taking courses)...
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Research as Design: Developing Creative Confidence in Doctoral Students through Design Thinking
Introduction This paper explores the benefits of design thinking training to enhance doctoral student problem-solving ability, creative confidence, and emotional well-being. While the primary goal of doctoral education is to train students to conduct...
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Strategies for Doctoral Students Who Desire to Become Higher Education Faculty Members at Top-Ranked Programs
Introduction DiRamio, Theroux, and Guarino (2009) found that 70% of faculty members at top-ranked higher education programs received their doctorate from the same or another top-ranked school. Additional analysis by DiRamio et al. (2009) also found...
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Completion of Educational Doctorates: How Universities Can Foster Persistence
Introduction Walker, Gold, Jones, Conklin Bueschel, and Hutchings (2008) stated, "Serious thinking about what works in doctoral education and what no longer works, is an urgent matter" (p. 5), for high attrition rates across disciplines in doctoral...
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Adult Learning and Doctoral Student Research Forum Participation: Insights into the Nature of Professional Participatory Experience
Introduction Doctoral study in educational disciplines is designed to equip students with the concepts and skills necessary to become effective educational researchers. The teaching of educational research occurs in various methodology courses students...
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PhD Candidate Expectations: Exploring Mismatch with Experience
Introduction PhD candidates are adult learners with a broad range of educational and career experience (Pearson, Cumming, Evans, MacCauley, & Ryland, 2011). However, relatively little is known about candidate expectations when they enter candidature,...
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Layers of Consciousness: An Autoethnographic Study of the Comprehensive Exam Process
Introduction Autoethnography is a qualitative research method based on writing and reflection that allows researchers to explore personal experiences through social, cultural or political contexts. It works best when the researcher seeks to gain...
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Vol. 8, Annual

Extending Bell's Concept of Interest Convergence: A Framework for Understanding the African American Doctoral Student Experience
Introduction One essential aspect of the doctoral process is the student-faculty relationship, which involves formal and informal advising between faculty members and students and is often cited as the most influential factor of degree completion...
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The Impact of Cross-Disciplinary Culture on Student-Supervisor Perceptions
Introduction In the context of increasing postgraduate numbers and supervisor numbers, universities worldwide are focusing on development programs for postgraduates and professionalization of the supervisory role. Research and publications on the...
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Striving to Obtain a School-Work-Life Balance: The Full-Time Doctoral Student
Introduction Doctoral level education in the United States is considered to carry significant public and private benefits. For example, as students reap social and financial rewards associated with their degrees, which utlimately extend beyond the...
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Experiences of Disengagement-A Study of Doctoral Students in the Behavioral Sciences
Introduction Pursuing a PhD is always a highly inspiring and challenging journey. Earlier research on the doctoral experience has shown that while many students find their doctoral process rewarding, some face serious challenges including personal...
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Issues in Doctoral Studies-Forty Years of Journal Discussion: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?
Introduction The doctoral degree is perceived by most academic institutions as the pinnacle of educational achievement (Jairam & Kahl Jr., 2012; Park, 2005). Notable exceptions to this are advanced doctoral degrees like the Habilitation in Poland...
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Perceived Assessment Requirements in the Contemporary Biomedical Doctorate: A Case-Study from a Research Intensive Australian University
Introduction Over the past decade, research pertaining to doctoral education has been characterised by a growing appreciation for the complex nature of the doctoral learning environment and the multitude of ways in which students operate, both individually...
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Access or Egress? Questioning the "Ethics" of Ethics Committee Review for an Ethnographic Doctoral Research Study in a Childbirth Setting
Introduction Ethics committees, whose role is to review proffered research proposals for potential ethical breaches, are commonly situated in institutions such as universities and hospitals. They are referred to in Australia and the UK as Research...
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Rhizomatic Research Cultures, Writing Groups and Academic Researcher Identities
Introduction The current research climate in universities is one in which projects are increasingly conceived as multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, extradisciplinary, even 'wicked' (Brown, Harris, & Russell, 2010). One...
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Preparing Underrepresented Students of Color for Doctoral Success: The Role of Undergraduate Institutions
Introduction Numerous education stakeholders have acknowledged the absence of minority faculty within the academy (Knowles & Harleston, 1997; Moody, 2004; Myers & Turner, 2004; Tierney & Sallee, 2008), an observation that has often been...
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Themes of Tension Surrounding Research Methodologies Education in an Accelerated, Cohort-Based Doctoral Program
Introduction Executive-type doctoral programs like the one described here, are becoming more commonplace in the United States due primarily to student needs and expectations. As noted in Full-time Leaders, Part-time leaders by Erickson, Howard,...
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Academic Involvement in Doctoral Education: Predictive Value of Faculty Mentorship and Intellectual Community on Doctoral Education Outcomes
Introduction Doctoral education is the backbone of scientific innovation and creativity and is a critical fuel for the global knowledge economy. Having reached the pinnacle of academic achievement, doctoral graduates "understand what is known and...
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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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