What are the Determinants of the Willingness in Pursuing a Doctorate Degree? A Quantitative Analysis of 2021 Data in China (74095)

Session Information: Socio-Economic Challenges in Education
Session Chair: Fengshu Liu

Thursday, 23 November 2023 12:50
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 603
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The aim of this study is to explore the various factors involved in pursuing a doctoral education. We adapted human and social capital theory as the theoretical frameworks to examine the different academic and economic factors involved in pursuing a doctoral degree, considering different institutional backgrounds. The data used were collected from the Graduate Student Satisfaction Survey conducted by the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education magazine. We obtained the data from 52,458 respondents in 2021.Descriptive statistics and logistic regression were used in the analysis. The results show that gender and family income significantly affected students’ decision to pursue a doctoral education. In addition, academic performance factors, such as the number of published papers, projects involved had positive effects on wiliness in doctoral education. Students in “World-class Construction University” were more likely to pursue a doctoral degree than those in “Non-double First-class Construction Universities”. This study has implications for the demands of postgraduate students taking doctoral degrees.

Authors:
Jingjing Niu, Tsinghua University, China
Yu Xiao, Tsinghua University, China


About the Presenter(s)
Dr Jingjing Niu is a University Postdoctoral Fellow or Instructor at Tsinghua University in China

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00