Share Paper: Scaffolding Knowledge from Research to Writing: The Role of Reflection in Turning Doctoral Candidates into Graduates

  1. Marianne Justus, University of Phoenix, United States

Abstract: Within the context of online learning, faculty can empower their students to maximize the opportunity for knowledge sharing and reflective thinking skills. While doctoral students entering their chosen degree program have confidence in their ability to persevere through to completion, once their course work is completed, they find themselves plagued by self-doubt with regard to their ability to complete a rigorous empirical research dissertation. Students in online programs work in virtual relationships with the institutions and with their faculty mentors and committee members. Virtual relationships may increase feelings of insecurity based on the lack of face to face contact. Over ...