Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 287–299 | Cite as

The Dispositions and Skills of a Ph.D. in Education: Perspectives of Faculty and Graduate Students in One College of Education

  • Susan K. Gardner
  • Michael T. Hayes
  • Xyanthe N. Neider


Twenty-two faculty and graduate students were interviewed in one college of education in order to understand what the college and its constituents view as the skills, habits of mind, and dispositions needed to obtain a Ph.D. in Education. Analysis of the data was conducted using professional socialization as a theoretical framework, allowing for an understanding of the different perspectives of this topic as viewed through a developmental lens. Implications for theory and practice are included.

Key words

socialization doctorate education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan K. Gardner
    • 1
  • Michael T. Hayes
    • 2
  • Xyanthe N. Neider
    • 2
  1. 1.Louisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.Washington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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