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

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Marrington, Jessica Z. and March, Evita. 2019. "Strategies for Ph.D. completion: a critical reflection by completed Ph.D. candidates." Machin, Tanya M., Clara, Marc and Danaher, Patrick Alan (ed.) Traversing the doctorate: reflections and strategies from students, supervisors and administrators. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 355-370
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Strategies for Ph.D. completion: a critical reflection by completed Ph.D. candidates

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2865
Book TitleTraversing the doctorate: reflections and strategies from students, supervisors and administrators
AuthorsMarrington, Jessica Z. (Author) and March, Evita (Author)
EditorsMachin, Tanya M., Clara, Marc and Danaher, Patrick Alan
Page Range355-370
SeriesPalgrave Studies in Education Research Methods
Chapter Number20
Number of Pages16
Year2019
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN9783030237301
9783030237318
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-23731-8_20
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.

KeywordsPhD candidates
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390303. Higher education
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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