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The transitional stages in the PhD degree in mathematics in terms of students' motivation

The transitional stages in the PhD degree in mathematics in terms of students' motivation
The transitional stages in the PhD degree in mathematics in terms of students' motivation
This paper presents results of a longitudinal study in the transition to independent graduate studies in mathematics. The analysis of the data collected from 24 students doing a PhD in mathematics revealed the existence of three transitional stages within the PhD degree, namely Adjustment, Expertise and Articulation. The focus is on
the first two transitional stages, since the data collection focused mainly on these. Based on the first two transitional stages and the students’ ways of dealing with them, which were called ‘survival strategies’, three types of students were identified. The importance of motivation for each transitional stage and the successful transition overall are considered as well.
motivation, graduate studies, mathematics, transition, adjustment, expertise, articulation
0013-1954
281-296
Geraniou, Eirini
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Geraniou, Eirini
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Geraniou, Eirini (2009) The transitional stages in the PhD degree in mathematics in terms of students' motivation. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 73 (3), 281-296. (doi:10.1007/s10649-009-9205-1).

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This paper presents results of a longitudinal study in the transition to independent graduate studies in mathematics. The analysis of the data collected from 24 students doing a PhD in mathematics revealed the existence of three transitional stages within the PhD degree, namely Adjustment, Expertise and Articulation. The focus is on
the first two transitional stages, since the data collection focused mainly on these. Based on the first two transitional stages and the students’ ways of dealing with them, which were called ‘survival strategies’, three types of students were identified. The importance of motivation for each transitional stage and the successful transition overall are considered as well.

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Published date: 2009
Keywords: motivation, graduate studies, mathematics, transition, adjustment, expertise, articulation

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Local EPrints ID: 170725
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/170725
ISSN: 0013-1954
PURE UUID: 19ef7314-e4fc-41c1-ba18-4c4b079a596f

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Author: Eirini Geraniou

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