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Appel Monika L. & Dahlgren Lars G. (2003). « Swedish Doctoral Students' Experiences on their Journey towards a PhD: obstacles and opportunities inside and outside the academic building ». Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, vol. 47, n° 1, p. 89–110. ISSN 0031-3831. En ligne : <>. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1080/00313830308608
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 0031-3831
BibTeX citation key: Appel2003
Categories: Apprentissages et psychologie
Keywords: conditions de travail, enseignement supérieur, genre, inspection
Creators: Appel, Dahlgren
Collection: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research
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The overall aim of this article was to provide a picture of how doctoral students experience their working conditions on their journey towards a PhD. It is based mainly on an extensive pilot study and comprised both a qualitative and a quantitative section. The questionnaire was distributed to 278 students of both sexes at Umea ?University in Sweden and the interview study comprises six female students. Interest in working at the university after receiving a PhD was about as great for women as it was for men, although, significantly fewer women continued. Different aspects of insecurity (financial insecurity, insecurity concerning one's own capacity, and insecurity concerning unwritten rules), difficulty in combining an academic career and a family, as well as negative experiences, were some of the obstacles mentioned. The opportunities described included intellectual development and a good chance for in-depth study in a special field. Several of the students also felt that their work involved something of importance. Many mentioned freedom, but often as a kind of Janus face (two-faced) freedom. They emphasised the advantages of freedom in doing research, but maintained at the same time that this freedom also meant that there was no clear dividing line between work and leisure time, and the women in particular felt under stress.
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