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Personal Observation on the Graduate School Experience [microform] / Michael T. Miller and Dann E. Husmann
Bib ID 5555256
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Miller, Michael T
Online Versions
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1993 
18 p. 

Few descriptions of the graduate school experience are taken from the viewpint of the graduate student. The comments and real life experiences presented in this paper are not intended to dissuade potential students but to promote a serious discussion about the role and expectation of the graduate student. The paper opens by sharing thoughts on what two academicians who have been through the system expected of graduate school. One of the two returned to school after 5 years of teaching high school expecting to gain a degree and start a new career. The other returned expecting to be treated like an adult student responsible for his own learning but guided by teachers and looking forward to an experience of intellectual community. The middle section of the paper describes what the two students actually found. The positive aspects were friendships with other students and the chance to focus on learning. A negative aspect of the experience was the realization that graduate students are expected to enter into an "indentured-servant" contract with an advisor. A final section offers recommendations for students and teachers. It is suggested that students select a dissertation topic early and stick with it, that they select each course with an eye to its contribution to the thesis subject, that they network early in their career, and that they publish if at all possible. The advice for faculty offered in this paper emphasizes how central a good advisor is to the graduate experience. (Contains 6 references.) (JB)


ERIC Note: Keynote address presented at the Sigma chapter of Omicron Tau Theta Research Forum on Vocational, Adult, and Continuing Education (Lincoln, NE, February 18, 1993).


May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Educational Environment.  |  Educational Experience.  |  Faculty Advisers.  |  Graduate Students.  |  Graduate Study.  |  Higher Education.  |  Personal Narratives.  |  Student Development.  |  Academic Community Nebraska
Form/genre Opinion Papers.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
Other authors/contributors Husmann, Dann E., author
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