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Drowning in the shallows: an Australian study of the PhD experience of wellbeing
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-20, 07:18 authored by Kim BeasyKim Beasy, Emery, S, Joseph CrawfordJoseph Crawford
The number of students undertaking PhD studies is growing substantially; however, recent research indicates that doctoral students experience poor wellbeing outcomes during candidature. A study of doctoral student experiences at a regional Australian university (n = 222) explored some of the challenges that PhD students experience during their studies. Doctoral study requires deep sustained engagement to successfully contribute to a scholarly field, yet findings suggested that many PhD students experienced shallow supports, which they perceived as insufficient to meet their candidature needs. PhD student experiences are visualised through Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological systems model and the authors draw upon Bauman’s liquid modernity to trouble impacts of contemporary accountability and performative practices in postgraduate research. The authors propose that liquid institutional support encourages PhD student success to rest largely on self-navigation, individual resourcefulness and the ability to locate anchoring ports.
Publication titleTeaching in Higher Education
Department/SchoolFaculty of Education
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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