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Thursday, February 8 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Session 6.2A - Juried Papers: What doctoral student motivation tells us about the future of LIS education.

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This study identifies factors motivating individuals to earn a doctoral degree in library and information science. Data about doctoral student motivation was collected from first-year students through a survey, semi-structured interviews, and personal admission statements. Analysis reveals that students are motivated by an interest in research,  affirmation of others, and appreciation for academic environments. Results not only inform prospective doctoral students and the work program administrators, findings shed light on the future of graduate level education, addresses concerns in the literature about faculty supply, and offers recommendations for improving the pipeline from graduate study to doctoral study to the academy.


Thursday February 8, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm MST
Meadowbrook II