Third year student decision making on postgraduate study intentions

Australia New Zealand Academy of Management
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the 22nd ANZAM Conference, 2008, pp. 1 - 17
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This study examined the effect of a single semester of study on intentions to undertake postgraduate study. The study was conducted over two years using approximately 120 students enrolled in a third year Behaviour in Organisations university course at a research intensive university. Students demonstrated no statistically significant change in their postgraduate study destination intentions over the period of the semester, despite encouragement from faculty. Students neither changed their preferences for the type of masters course in which they intended to enrol, nor did they change the degree to which they intended to study either a combined masters/PhD or research-only PhD degree. Implications for future research and for developing a better understanding of this under-researched area are discussed.
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