Institutional Support, Mentor Sponsorship, Department Climate, and Social Identities: Factors in Developing Academic Confidence of Doctoral Students.

Show simple item record Li, Yidi 2016-09-13T13:51:31Z NO_RESTRICTION 2016-09-13T13:51:31Z 2016 2016
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examined the extent to which aspects of socialization in graduate school (i.e., institutional support, mentor sponsorship, and department climate), as well as individual factors (i.e., perceived importance of graduate experiences and group-based experiences), related to one another, and together predicted doctoral students’ academic confidence. Theoretically grounded in social identity theory and the theory of intersectionality, this study also aimed to assess whether an intersectional lens facilitates understanding how having multiple minority social identities relates to students’ graduate experiences and their academic confidence differently than having only one. Participants in the study were doctoral students from a large Midwestern research public university who completed the Graduate Student Climate Survey between 2009 and 2015. Structural equation modeling results indicated that proposed relationships among variables generally held true for all participants (n = 1066) regardless of gender, URM status, international status, and field of study. Specifically, institutional support, mentor sponsorship, and department climate were all positive predictors of academic confidence. Institutional support and mentor sponsorship were positively associated with each other, and both predicted department climate. Department climate was also a strong predictor of negative group-based experiences that students with more positive perceptions of department climate reported fewer negative group-based experiences. Additionally, results from multigroup analyses suggested that most of the predicted associations held for subsamples of interest, suggesting that the proposed links among elements of graduate socialization and academic confidence were generally applicable across groups. At the same time, average levels of group scores on key variables revealed that students with marginalized social identities reported more negative perceptions of socialization and group-based experiences, as well as less academic confidence than those with privileged identities. Limitations of the present study, as well as future directions, are discussed. Implications for doctoral education policies and practices are also outlined.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject doctoral education
dc.subject higher education
dc.title Institutional Support, Mentor Sponsorship, Department Climate, and Social Identities: Factors in Developing Academic Confidence of Doctoral Students.
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreename PhD
dc.description.thesisdegreediscipline Psychology and Women's Studies
dc.description.thesisdegreegrantor University of Michigan, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
dc.contributor.committeemember Stewart, Abigail J
dc.contributor.committeemember Sekaquaptewa, Denise J
dc.contributor.committeemember Malley, Janet E
dc.contributor.committeemember Wang, Zheng
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Education
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Psychology
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Social Sciences (General)
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Women's and Gender Studies
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Social Sciences
dc.owningcollname Dissertations and Theses (Ph.D. and Master's)
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