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The Part and Parcel of Doctoral Education: A Gap Analysis between the Importance and Satisfaction of the Experience

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Research and Development Center for Physical Education Health and Information Technology, Graduate Institute of Educational Leadership & Development, Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei City 24205, Taiwan
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Department of Education, National Chengchi University, Taipei City 116011, Taiwan
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School of Teacher Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071, USA
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Academic Editors: Marija Kuzmanović and Dragana Makajić-Nikolić
Educ. Sci. 2021, 11(9), 481; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11090481
Received: 6 August 2021 / Revised: 26 August 2021 / Accepted: 27 August 2021 / Published: 30 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Student Preferences and Satisfaction: Measurement and Optimization)
The doctoral student experience is complex and multifaceted, and although it is increasingly examined in higher education research, there is still much to explore and understand about the topic. Despite expanding discourse, few investigations have been conducted in the East Asian context with multiple universities and fields of study. The present paper aimed to overcome these limitations with research conducted in two Taiwan universities with 94 doctoral student subjects. The study was designed as a quantitative cross-sectional survey using gap analysis. Results showed that within three dimensions (experience with mentors, peers, and curricular engagements) nine distinct variables were validated. The importance of peer interaction and support from mentors were noted as key components for a successful, enjoyable doctoral experience within the Taiwan context. View Full-Text
Keywords: Taiwan context; gap analysis; quantitative cross-sectional survey; peer interactions; support from mentors Taiwan context; gap analysis; quantitative cross-sectional survey; peer interactions; support from mentors
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Ching, G.S.; Hu, Y.-L.; Roberts, A. The Part and Parcel of Doctoral Education: A Gap Analysis between the Importance and Satisfaction of the Experience. Educ. Sci. 2021, 11, 481. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11090481

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Ching GS, Hu Y-L, Roberts A. The Part and Parcel of Doctoral Education: A Gap Analysis between the Importance and Satisfaction of the Experience. Education Sciences. 2021; 11(9):481. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11090481

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Ching, Gregory S., Yueh-Luen Hu, and Amy Roberts. 2021. "The Part and Parcel of Doctoral Education: A Gap Analysis between the Importance and Satisfaction of the Experience" Education Sciences 11, no. 9: 481. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11090481

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