Strategies for Ph.D. completion: a critical reflection by completed Ph.D. candidates

Marrington, Jessica Z. and March, Evita (2019) Strategies for Ph.D. completion: a critical reflection by completed Ph.D. candidates. In: Traversing the doctorate: reflections and strategies from students, supervisors and administrators. Palgrave Studies in Education Research Methods. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 355-370. ISBN 978-3-030-23730-1


Abstract

The Ph.D. journey encompasses a range of varied experiences and emotions for the candidates undertaking the degree, their supervisors and the relevant administrative staff members. Although the emotions and experiences of each party vary, the common goal is for the candidate to complete the degree successfully in a timely manner. Current research suggests that the attrition rate for Ph.D. candidates is high and that, for those who do complete, the enrolment duration is longer than ideal. As a result, there is a need for evidence-based strategies to assist Ph.D. candidates to complete their degree in a timely manner. The purpose of this chapter is to reflect critically on the experiences of completing a Ph.D. from the perspective of two Ph.D. candidates. Specific milestones (e.g., confirmation of candidature) throughout the doctoral process are discussed and strategies offered to aid potentially in facilitating students’ successful doctoral completion. These strategies, primarily developed from reflection, may also be relevant for supervisors and administrative staff members. Ultimately, it is hoped that the implementation of the suggested strategies will produce optimal outcomes for all parties.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2020 06:04
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2020 03:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: PhD candidates
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-23731-8_20
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37756

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