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Anna Grigoryeva (

National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Moscow, Russia

Citation: Grigoryeva A. (2021) Uspeshnost' aspirantov v oblasti sotsial'nykh nauk: rol' nauchnogo rukovoditelya [Graduate Student Success in the Social Sciences: The Role of the Academic Supervisor]]. Zhurnal sotsiologii i sotsialnoy antropologii [The Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology], 24(4): 90–109 (in Russian).

Abstract. High dropout rate from doctoral school and a low percentage of thesis defense (10,4 % in 2019) is one of the major problems in doctoral education and educational policies and a challenge for higher education in Russia. One of the causes of the problem is the lack of academic integration of the doctoral students and the lack of activities aimed not only at social, but also at academic integration of DS. In this article, based on 18 semi-structured interviews with doctoral students and 24 interviews with supervisors, conclusions are drawn about the role of academic formal procedures in reducing academic integration in Russian doctoral school. The tools of social integration are viewed by both doctoral students and their academic supervisors as a type of «rituals» and are rather considered factors of academic disintegration. Understanding the mechanisms of excessive regulation and formalization of procedures (bureaucracy) in russian Doctoral school will make it possible to formulate practical recommendations for more effective mechanisms for the academic integration of Russian doctoral students.

Keywords: doctoral studies, academic supervision, dropout, thesis defense, Russian higher education, university bureaucracy, supervision styles.


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