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Holley, Karri A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
Threshold concepts have been widely utilized to understand learning in academic disciplines and student experiences in a disciplinary curriculum. This study considered how threshold concepts might operate within an interdisciplinary setting. Data were collected through interviews with 40 doctoral students enrolled in an interdisciplinary program…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Fundamental Concepts, Neurosciences, Case Studies
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Prevost, Luanna B.; Vergara, Claudia E.; Urban-Lurain, Mark; Campa, Henry, III. – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
Higher education institutions prepare future faculty members for multiple roles, including teaching. However, teaching professional development programs for graduate students vary widely. We present evaluation data from a high engagement program for STEM doctoral students. We analyzed the impact on three cohorts of participants over three academic…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Graduate Students, Fellowships, Program Evaluation
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Chapman, LeeAnna Young; McConnell, David A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
The next generation of professors will come from today's graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, but we do not know much about their preparation to use research-validated teaching practices. This study characterizes the teaching beliefs of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who represent future geoscience instructors though we…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Best Practices, Evidence Based Practice, College Faculty
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Okahana, Hironao; Klein, Carrie; Allum, Jeff; Sowell, Robert – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
This article is a result of the analysis of student-level enrollment records from twenty-one research universities in the United States, and it contributes to a more robust understanding of timely completion of STEM doctorates by underrepresented minority students. Using multivariate logit regression models, findings indicated that Hispanic/Latino…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Minority Group Students
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Peirone, Amy; Maticka-Tyndale, Eleanor – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
Academic entitlement, a term that defines students' expectations of academic success independent of performance, has been linked with a number of maladaptive behaviors. This study examined the potential relationship between academic entitlement and prospective workplace entitlement in a sample of Canadian students (N=1024) using an online survey.…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Educational Attainment, Correlation, Multivariate Analysis
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Copenheaver, Carolyn A.; Predmore, S. Andrew; Fuhrman, Nicholas E. – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Graduate students are rewarded with better job opportunities if they can demonstrate a productive publishing record. In this article we report on a writing program that generated technical publications in a discipline-based graduate class. Seventeen student authors were interviewed about the influence of the experience on their professional…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Writing for Publication, Technical Writing, Authors
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Kelley, Martha J.; Salisbury-Glennon, Jill D. – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Doctoral student enrollment and study require significant resources such as faculty time, student time, and funding. However, doctoral student attrition is a serious problem nationwide, especially at the dissertation level. When doctoral students do not complete their dissertations, their potential contributions to society are substantially…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attrition, Doctoral Dissertations, Independent Study
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Hakkola, Leah; King, Jean A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
In this article we describe the Graduate Review and Improvement Process (GRIP), an innovative evaluation process that makes student input central, now beginning its fifth year of implementation at the University of Minnesota. We begin by contrasting GRIP with traditional graduate program review, and we then explain the conceptual underpinnings of…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Graduate Study
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Shandas, Vivek; Brown, Stephan Edward – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Interdisciplinarity is heralded as a relatively new educational and research paradigm that can effectively address complex problems at disciplinary boundaries. Yet little is known about the extent to which interdisciplinarity has penetrated higher education, nor about how students and program administrators view its usefulness. Through a case…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Administrators, Higher Education, Case Studies
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Damiani, Michelle L.; Harbour, Wendy S. – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
This study investigated the teaching experiences of graduate students with disabilities, using 12 semi-structured in-person and phone interviews. We selected participants using stratified random sampling representing diverse disabilities, degree programs, and regions of the United States. Findings suggest that students engage in complex…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Teaching Assistants, Disabilities, Investigations
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Wurdinger, Scott; Qureshi, Mariam – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
This study examined whether life skills could be developed in a Project Based Learning (PBL) course. The participants were students enrolled in a graduate level PBL course. The same 35-question survey was given to students at the beginning and end of the course, and students were asked to rank their life skills using a Likert scale. Additionally,…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Daily Living Skills, Graduate Students
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Vergara, Claudia E.; Urban-Lurain, Mark; Campa, Henry, III; Cheruvelil, Kendra S.; Ebert-May, Diane; Fata-Hartley, Cori; Johnston, Kevin – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
Doctoral granting institutions prepare future faculty members for academic positions at institutions of higher education across the nation. Growing concerns about whether these institutions are adequately preparing students to meet the demands of a changing academic environment have prompted several reform efforts. We describe a professional…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Professional Development, Graduate Students, Fellowships
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Thompson, Carla J. – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
The study included an assessment of doctoral students, graduate faculty, and curriculum considerations to determine the degree of infusion of research integrity and responsible conduct of research (RCR) principles within a Doctor of Education program. Study results showed substantial increases in doctoral candidates' knowledge levels of RCR,…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Schools of Education, Research
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Horowitz, Jessica; Christopher, Kelly B. – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
Many institutions of higher education confront seemingly unrelated needs of graduate students, who need not only to complete their dissertations but also to learn how to become proficient mentors for undergraduates as they move on to faculty roles. The graduate students are increasingly searching out high-impact learning experiences such as…
Descriptors: Mentors, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Student Research
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Adriansen, Hanne Kirstine; Madsen, Lene Møller – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
In this article we analyze a project that used facilitation techniques, which are known from training in industry, to improve the study environment at a public research university in Denmark. In 2009, the project was initiated in one graduate program; and it has subsequently been modified and institutionalized. The project did not change the…
Descriptors: Well Being, Student Improvement, Research Universities, Educational Environment
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