A Study of the Hidden Curriculum of Doctoral Research Courses: A Phenomenological Study


Fatemeh Robati 1 , * , Mohammad Mohammad-Bagheri 2 , Fatemeh Hasani 3

1 Ph.D. in Curriculum Development, Department of Educational Sciences, School of Education, Islamic Azad University, Khorasgan Branch, Isfahan, Iran, Iran

2 Specialist in Febrile and Infectious Diseases, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

3 Graduate Student in Education Management , Sciences & Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kerman Branch, Kerman, Iran, Iran

How to Cite: Robati F , Mohammad-Bagheri M , Hasani F . A Study of the Hidden Curriculum of Doctoral Research Courses: A Phenomenological Study , Strides Dev Med Educ. 2015 ; 12(1):e59651.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 12 (1); e59651
Published Online: January 28, 2015
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 07, 2017
Accepted: August 06, 2014




Background & Objective: Hidden curriculum is a relatively new and very enlightening concept raised by curriculum experts in recent years. The aim of the present study was to investigate the hidden curriculum of the doctoral degree and hidden factors of choosing a supervisor.
Methods: This was a qualitative research performed using the phenomenological method. The study data were collected through semi-structured interviews. In this study, all doctoral graduates who had passed the research period (n = 45) were selected using purposive sampling method. For data analysis, the Strauss and Corbin (1997) method was used (open coding and axial coding). 
Results: In this study, 230 themes were obtained and divided into 5 main categories ( negligence of main tasks, lack of social and economic justice, inequality of universities, lack of communication across borders, and lack of equal facilities) and several subcategories.
Conclusion: The results showed that numerous factors can affect the academic process in universities during this period. Therefore, more contemplation is necessary during this period.


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