Date of Graduation
College of Education and Human Services
Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies
Due to the high cost of doctoral education, high attrition of about 50%, and the constraints of higher education budgets, it is important to examine what causes doctoral students to leave their doctoral program without completion. Studies have shown that advising is one of the main contributing factors (e.g., Ferrer de Valero, 2001; Golde, 2000; Lenz, 1997). Document analysis of literature showed five distinct aspects of doctoral advising (i.e. advising approach, selection process, roles, responsibilities, and expectations, advisor-advisee relationship, and power relations) and their relation to the successful completion of students' dissertations. The purpose of this study was to use concept mapping to conceptualize how participants perceived the five components of doctoral advising in terms of their relation to completing one's dissertation effectively. In all, 38 professors and 114 doctoral students from universities with high and very high research activities sorted and rated 40 statements, which were generated from literature. Visual mapping analysis of sorted and rated data revealed that during the dissertation process, the topmost priority of professors was to promote their interaction with students and provide students with needed support, while doctoral students were more concerned with seeking guidance and structure in carrying out their dissertations.
Adu, Philip Kontor, "Conceptualizing Doctoral Advising from Professors' and Doctoral Students' Perspectives using Concept Mapping" (2011). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 4682.