The Effects of Doctoral Student’s Locus of Control and Advisor’s Decision-Making Style on Perceived Mentoring Functions and Student’s Research Productivity
|關鍵字:||師徒關係;師徒功能;內外控傾向;決策風格;研究產出;博士生;mentor-disciple relationship;mentoring function;locus of control;decision-making style;research productivity;doctoral student|
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of doctoral students’ locus of control and their advisors’ decision-making styles on their perceived mentoring functions, satisfactions with the advisors, and their research productivities. Questionnaires were used to collect data. One hundred and forty doctoral students were approached for sampling and seventy-nine of them returned the questionnaires, making a return rate of 56%. After seven incomplete questionnaires were excluded, the final sample comprised 72 respondents. This study used multiple regressions to analyze data. The results show that the students who were more internal in their locus of control were more active than the external ones in initiating mentor-disciple relationship. For the advisors whose decision-making styles were more directive, their students would perceive a lower level of mentoring function, social-psychosocial function, career-related function, and satisfaction with the advisors. On the other hand, for the advisors who were more analytic in decision-making style, their students would perceive a higher level of mentoring function, social-psychosocial function, career-related function, and satisfaction with the advisors. The interaction effects of student’s locus of control and advisor’s decision-making style on the perceived mentoring function, satisfaction, and the student’s research productivity were found non-significant.