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Anttila H, Sullanmaa J and Pyhältö K (2021) Does It Feel the Same? Danish and Finnish Social Science and Humanities Doctoral Students’ Academic Emotions. Front. Educ. 6:758179. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2021.758179

Does it feel the same? : Danish and Finnish social science and humanities doctoral students’ academic emotions

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Author: Anttila, Henrika1; Sullanmaa, Jenni2; Pyhältö, Kirsi1,3,4
Organizations: 1Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
2Faculty of Education and Culture, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
3Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4Centre for Higher and Adult Education, Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Language: English
Published: Frontiers Media, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-02-21


Even if pursuing a doctorate is both emotionally challenging and rewarding, empirical research focusing on doctoral students’ academic emotions is limited. Therefore, in this study we have contributed to bridging the gap in the research on the doctoral experience by mapping the emotional landscape of doctoral experience. In addition, we have shed light on potential invariants and socio-cultural characteristics of the emotional landscape by doing a cross-country comparison between Danish and Finnish doctoral students. A total of 272 doctoral students (Danish: 145, Finnish: 127) from the field of humanities and social sciences responded to the Cross-cultural Doctoral Experience Survey. The data were both qualitatively and quantitatively analyzed, using a mixed methods approach. The results showed that the doctoral students experienced a wide range of both positive and negative emotions embedded in various activities of the doctoral experience, including supervision, scholarly community, doctoral research, development as a scholar and structures and resources. The results revealed some associations between the emotions that were experienced as well as differences between the countries.

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Series: Frontiers in education
ISSN: 2504-284X
ISSN-E: 2504-284X
ISSN-L: 2504-284X
Volume: 6
Article number: 758179
DOI: 10.3389/feduc.2021.758179
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 515 Psychology
516 Educational sciences
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