Factors that influence PhD candidates’ success: the importance of PhD project characteristics

Published in Studies in Continuing Education1.14
· DOI :10.1080/0158037X.2019.1652158
E. van Rooij (UG: University of Groningen), Marjon Fokkens-Bruinsma6
Estimated H-index: 6
(UG: University of Groningen),
Ellen Jansen16
Estimated H-index: 16
(UG: University of Groningen)
ABSTRACTHigh dropout rates, delay, and dissatisfaction among PhD students are common problems in doctoral education. Research shows that many different factors are associated with doctoral success,...
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Published on Nov 17, 2018in Teaching in Higher Education1.72
Isabelle Skakni1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Oxford)
ABSTRACTIntellectual abilities alone are not sufficient to successfully progress through doctoral studies. Research indicates that modes of training and the context and conditions in which doctoral studies take place also have a significant impact on the process. However, few studies examine how taken-for-granted and self-evident practices in academia likely impede students’ progress. To address this gap, a qualitative inquiry was conducted according to an instrumental case study design. Six hum...
Published on Jun 7, 2018in Higher Education Research & Development1.82
Hans Agné7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Stockholm University),
Ulf Mörkenstam5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Stockholm University)
ABSTRACTWhether supervision of doctoral students is best pursued individually or collectively is a recurring but unresolved question in debates on higher education. The rarity of longitudinal data and the common usage of qualitative methods to analyse a limited number of cases have left the effectiveness of either model largely untested. To assist with overcoming these problems, this paper reports on a study of 145 individuals admitted to a specific doctoral programme between 1991 and 2014. It a...
Published on Jun 1, 2018in Asia Pacific Education Review1.07
Jung Cheol Shin1
Estimated H-index: 1
(SNU: Seoul National University),
Seung Jung Kim (SNU: Seoul National University)+ 1 AuthorsHeejin Lim (SNU: Seoul National University)
This study investigates the relationships between students’ satisfaction with their doctoral program and motivational and socio-environmental factors. In this study, doctoral students’ satisfaction with their program is measured by their learning experiences such as quality of theoretical knowledge, research methodology, and competency. The survey data for this study were collected at a comprehensive and research-focused university in South Korea. Findings indicate that socialization and motivat...
Published on Apr 16, 2018in Higher Education Research & Development1.82
Km Barry17
Estimated H-index: 17
(UTAS: University of Tasmania),
M Woods6
Estimated H-index: 6
(UTAS: University of Tasmania)
+ 2 AuthorsAngela Martin17
Estimated H-index: 17
(UTAS: University of Tasmania)
ABSTRACTPsychological distress is prevalent in doctoral degree training and affects students' completion time. It is crucial to monitor the amount of distress experienced and understand the causes for it to inform the type of support most needed. This mixed method study explored challenges related to candidature, self-reported progress and measures of perceived and actual psychological distress with a convenience sample of 81 doctoral candidates in an Australian university. Using validated surve...
Published on Mar 4, 2018in Studies in Higher Education2.85
Hugo Horta16
Estimated H-index: 16
(HKU: University of Hong Kong),
Mattia Cattaneo7
Estimated H-index: 7
(IST: Instituto Superior Técnico),
Michele Meoli13
Estimated H-index: 13
(University of Bergamo)
This article focuses on the effects of PhD funding on research performance both during the degree and throughout researchers’ careers as measured through publications and citations. This analysis draws from a representative sample of researchers holding a doctorate based in Portugal and finds that those funded by grants during the PhD perform better than the self-funded ones. It also finds that different PhD funding sources produce different outcomes. PhD grants positively affect research perfor...
Published on Mar 6, 2018in Nature Biotechnology31.86
Teresa M. Evans5
Estimated H-index: 5
Lindsay Bira2
Estimated H-index: 2
+ 2 AuthorsNathan L. Vanderford9
Estimated H-index: 9
With mental illness a growing concern within graduate education, data from a new survey should prompt both academia and policy makers to consider intervention strategies.
Published on Dec 1, 2017in Higher Education3.00
Montserrat Castelló12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Ramon Llull University),
Marta Pardo2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Ramon Llull University)
+ 1 AuthorsNúria Suñe-Soler1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Ramon Llull University)
Despite the increasing popularity of doctoral education, many students do not complete their studies, and very little information is available about them. Understanding why some students consider that they do not want to, or cannot, continue with their studies is essential to reduce dropout rates and to improve the overall quality of doctoral programmes. This study focuses on the motives students give for considering dropping out of their doctoral degree. Participants were 724 social sciences do...
Published on May 1, 2017in Research Policy5.42
Katia Levecque16
Estimated H-index: 16
(UGent: Ghent University),
Frederik Anseel21
Estimated H-index: 21
(UGent: Ghent University)
+ 2 AuthorsLydia Gisle7
Estimated H-index: 7
Research policy observers are increasingly concerned about the potential impact of current academic working conditions on mental health, particularly in PhD students. The aim of the current study is threefold. First, we assess the prevalence of mental health problems in a representative sample of PhD students in Flanders, Belgium (N = 3659). Second, we compare PhD students to three other samples: (1) highly educated in the general population (N = 769); (2) highly educated employees (N = 592); an...
Published on Feb 14, 2017
Richard M. Ryan127
Estimated H-index: 127
(ACU: Australian Catholic University),
Edward L. Deci105
Estimated H-index: 105
(UR: University of Rochester)
Published on Jan 2, 2017in Studies in Continuing Education1.14
Viivi Virtanen10
Estimated H-index: 10
(UH: University of Helsinki),
Juha Taina7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UH: University of Helsinki),
Kirsi Pyhältö19
Estimated H-index: 19
(UH: University of Helsinki)
ABSTRACTThis study explored the causes of student disengagement from their doctoral studies in the biological and environmental sciences. The data came from interviews of 40 doctoral students (male = 15, female = 25) and underwent qualitative analysis for content. Our results showed that doctoral studies provide multiple contexts for disengagement, such as the scholarly community and supervision, while doctoral students’ sense of distress, cynicism and inefficacy emerged as central components of...
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