Why do students consider dropping out of doctoral degrees?: institutional and personal factors

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Despite the increasing popularity of doctoral education, many students do not complete their studies, and very little information is available about them. Understanding why some students consider that they do not want to, or cannot, continue with their studies is essential to reduce dropout rates and to improve the overall quality of doctoral programmes. This study focuses on the motives students give for considering dropping out of their doctoral degree. Participants were 724 social sciences doctoral students from 56 Spanish universities, who responded to a questionnaire containing...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Students; Higher education; Qualifications

Keywords: Student retention; Dropout; University

Geographic subjects: Europe; Spain

Published: Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Science+Business Media, 2017

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Journal title: Higher education

Journal volume: 74

Journal number: 6

Journal date: December 2017

Pages: pp. 1053-1068

ISSN: 0018-1560, 1573-174X (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 130.129

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