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Hidden Experiences of Doctoral Students in Research Courses


  • Fatemeh-Al-Sadat Robati

    (Department of Education, Rafsanjan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Rafsanjan, Iran)

  • Forouzan Tonkaboni

    (Ph.D. in curriculum studies, Payame Noor University (PNU), Tehran, Iran)


The present study investigates the hidden experiences of students in the doctoral programs. This qualitative study was performed using the phenomenological method. The data were collected through the interview. The population consists of PhD graduates whose study period had passed. Using normal purposeful sampling, 45 graduates were interviewed. Strauss and Corbin method of data analysis was used for the analysis. 252 thematic phrases were divided to the five main themes: "The lack of cross-border communications", "failure in doing the main task", "lack of social justice", "lack of economic justice", "non-equality of universities" and "lack of equal opportunities".

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  • Fatemeh-Al-Sadat Robati & Forouzan Tonkaboni, 2017. "Hidden Experiences of Doctoral Students in Research Courses," International Journal of Education and Practice, Conscientia Beam, vol. 5(4), pages 61-68.
  • Handle: RePEc:pkp:ijoeap:2017:p:61-68
    DOI: 10.18488/journal.61.2017.54.61.68

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