RES811 GCU Doctoral Identity Synthesis Worksheet

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Synthesis is the act of creating something new from multiple existing entities. Synthesis of research, then, is creating a new idea from existing ideas. This assignment is designed to help you identify how themes can emerge from reading literature and how you can synthesize this information in a way that creates new knowledge. You will use your understandings of the Topic 2 readings to complete a synthesis worksheet.

General Requirements:

  • This assignment will be used as a pre-writing activity for the synthesis paper in Topic 5.
  • Locate and download "Synthesis Worksheet" from the Course Materials for this topic.
  • Review the articles by Baker & Pifer (2011), Gardner (2009), and Smith & Hatmaker (2014) located in the Course Materials for this topic.
  • This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
  • Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. Review the GCU APA Style Guide for Writing located in the Student Success Center.
  • You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.


Complete the Synthesis Worksheet for the articles by Baker & Pifer (2011), Gardner (2009), and Smith & Hatmaker (2014). The completed worksheet will include the following sections:

  1. An Introduction that introduces and provides context for the topic, presents three common themes that emerged from the readings, and provides organization for the paper with a thesis statement.
  2. A description of the evidence to support three common themes that emerged from the articles. Since this is likely your first experience with this depth of synthesis, we have provided two of the themes found in the articles. Your task is to identify a third theme and to provide evidence from each article for all three common themes.
  3. A conclusion where you will return to your thesis and provide evidence showing you successfully addressed your thesis statement. Discuss the connections that you made from the evidence and how each theme emerged from the central topic of doctoral identity.
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Synthesis Worksheet: Doctoral Identity
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Synthesis Worksheet


Capture interest:


Statement of common

Thesis statement:

Theme One:

Baker and Pifer

Gardner (2009):

The main goal of doctoral education is to equip students with the
knowledge and consequent research skills, preparing them for faculty
careers and future promotion of research and development in their
different disciplines. However, concerns regarding different aspects of
doctoral education have risen over time, with only about 50% of
doctoral students actually completing the degree.
The three articles, Baker & Pifer (2011), Gardner (2009) and Smith &
Hatmaker (2014) all seek to contribute to doctoral education by
delving into the matter of doctoral identity, which refers to an
integration of values, beliefs, experiences and motives which define an
individual professionally (Smith & Hatmaker, 2014; p.547).
Consequently, each article provides a significant perspective on the
achievement of doctoral identity.
Each work, while developing doctoral education and identity in
different facets, present similar thematic features which can be used to
upgrade and encourage the attainment of doctoral identity and overall
completion of the degree.
Evidently, three themes are common among the texts, including
academic success, relationships, and research dissemination, and this
paper delves into these thematic features in an attempt to foster the
understanding of doctoral identity while making connections with the
Academic Success
According to Baker & Pifer (2014), there are 3 stages of a doctoral
student’s experience, which foster success. However, they suggest that
the second stage is the most important of all in academic success, as it
deals with the transition of a doctoral student from “dependence to
independence” (p.5). Consequently, this also encompasses the
completion of coursework, passing of candidacy exams and the
beginning of working on a dissertation proposal.
Essentially, Gardner (2009) discusses the different criteria that can be
used to quantify academic success and their appropriateness, especially
in doctoral students. Arguably, some of the concepts of success used to
explain different outcomes include academic achievement, graduation
or completion, professional socialization, retention (p.384).
Consequently, the author suggests that attitudinal and professional
competencies alongside the aforementioned factors are qualitative
measures that can be used to quantify academic success (p.385).


Smith and Hatmaker

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