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Saule Bekova 1,2
  • 1 National Research University Higher School of Economics, 20 Myasnitskaya Str., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation
  • 2 National Research University Higher School of Economics, 16 Soyuza Pechatnikov Str., Saint Petersburg, 190008, Russian Federation

Academic Suicide: Scenarios of Doctoral Student Attrition in Russia

2020. No. 2. P. 83–109 [issue contents]
Saule Bekova — Research Fellow, Center of Sociology of Higher Education, Institute of Education, National Research University Higher School of Economics.

Address: 20 Myasnitskaya Str., 101000 Moscow, Russian Federation. E-mail: bekova.sk@gmail.com

Doctoral student attrition is one of the most debated problems in higher education. Related studies are few in Russia, mostly being of applied type and offering no theoretical approaches to research on departure from doctoral study. Tinto’s model of student departure based on Durkheim’s theory of suicide is the most widespread theoretical framework among U.S. and European researchers. However, Tinto’s model only considers egoistic suicide. The present study offers an integrated approach to Durkheim’s theory, demonstrating the potential of applying the entire theoretical typology of suicide to analyze scenarios of doctoral student attrition. Interviews with doctoral students who did not finish their thesis were used to identify the major challenges faced by doctoral candidates and to provide recommendations for overcoming the problem of non-completion in Russian doctoral education.
Citation: Bekova S. (2020) Akademicheskoe samoubiystvo: stsenarii otseva v rossiyskoy aspiranture [Academic Suicide: Scenarios of Doctoral Student Attrition in Russia]. Voprosy obrazovaniya / Educational Studies Moscow, no2, pp. 83-109.
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