what people in my network thought, and Im particularly indebted to @katemfd, who is going through some pretty intense cancer treatment herself ( and writing about it beautifully for entering into a thoughtful discussion with me about. The ultimate aim of this better listening is better treatment and more empathetic care giving. In descending order, I found the following themes in my data: Bullying or disinterested supervisors Loss of interest in the research / Lack of internal motivation (essentially drift) Dont want to be an academic anymore and therefore see no point in continuing. Should you quit your PhD? As you can imagine, it has been a popular post; so far its been viewed more than 30,000 times. These narratives, he claims, can help us better understand and respond to the experience of people who are undergoing treatment. For more on this topic) Failed lab work Problems with writing. Perhaps some listening devices might help? When we hear the resilience narrative, or find ourselves repeating it, we should perhaps pause for a moment. Problems in choice of topic, cross disciplinary research issues (see, is your PhD a Monster? (Lovitts uses Durkheims phrase anomie to describe this phenomenon).
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Im interupting our usual programming to share with you some research in progress, because I am really interested in hearing what you think. Are we actually just putting on additional pressure they dont need? This is a shed load of data about peoples experiences and thoughts around the subject of quitting the PhD. I probably picked up on this subconciously while doing this work so thanks Megan! Given all this, its interesting to look at why people say they stay.
In the comments I found three main factors: Sunk cost (Ive got this far, might as well go the whole way) Pressure / expectations of others like family and supportive supervisors Sense of shame at failure So my content analysis broadly matched the literature and. Next day addition: I only just realised that my friend, PhD student Megan J McPherson has been telling me how irritating she finds the resilience theme for some time. In her 2006 paper, The Changing Environment for Doctoral Education in Australia, Margot Pearson summarises prior research, mainly conducted in the United States, and names a complex set of interlocking factors: research mode (full time / part time or movement between the two) structure of the. How should we listen to the ambivalence narrative? I took this narrative idea straight from Franks work because the comments in this vein closely conformed to examples in his book. A new look at post graduate failure, Rudd talks about the following factors: Problems with motivation, including boredom, disenchantment and laziness. Mounting debt (interestingly, in the two institutions I have worked, this is the most often stated reason for leaving a research degree, perhaps because its the most impersonal). Many commenters, who seem on the verge of quitting, have internalised the resilience narrative in their own self talk, telling us they intend to carry on, even though they are hating.