Factors affecting timely completion of a PhD : a complex systems approach

Pitchforth, Jegar, Beames, Stephanie Y., Thomas, Aleysha, Falk, Matthew G., Farr, Anna Charisse, Gasson, Susan, Thamrin, Sri Astuti, & Mengersen, Kerrie (2012) Factors affecting timely completion of a PhD : a complex systems approach. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 12(4), pp. 124-135.

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Abstract

Completing a PhD on time is a complex process, influenced by many interacting factors. In this paper we take a Bayesian Network approach to analyzing the factors perceived to be important in achieving this aim. Focusing on a single research group in Mathematical Sciences, we develop a conceptual model to describe the factors considered to be important to students and then quantify the network based on five individual perspectives: the students, a supervisor and a university research students centre manager. The resultant network comprised 37 factors and 40 connections, with an overall probability of timely completion of between 0.6 and 0.8. Across all participants, the four factors that were considered to most directly influence timely completion were personal aspects, the research environment, the research project, and incoming skills.

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ID Code: 60129
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HERN, environment, graduation, project, skills, personal, Bayesian network
ISSN: 1527-9316 (online)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > STATISTICS (010400) > Statistics not elsewhere classified (010499)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Mathematical Sciences
Deposited On: 20 May 2013 22:24
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2015 21:58

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