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Title: Research Training in Doctoral Programs: What Can be Learned From Professional Doctorates?
Contributor(s): McWilliam, Erica (author); Taylor, Peter (author); Thomson, Pat (author); Green, Bill (author); Maxwell, Thomas William (author); Wildy, Helen (author); Simons, Don (author)
Publication Date: 2002
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Abstract: Doctoral education in Australia is currently under pressure to become more industry focused. This report discusses the relatively recent experience of offering doctoral education through professional doctorate programs as a contribution to the improvement of doctoral education in Australian universities. The evaluation focused on the extent to which such programs had developed practices for sustaining closer collaboration between universities and industry, through: • a review of the general literatures relating to the role of doctoral research in contributing to the growth of knowledge and innovation; • a multi-method exploration of the range of practices and relationships associated with professional doctorate programs; and • the development of strategies and policy recommendations for optimising doctoral education in Australian universities in terms of industry-focused outcomes. When set against the 800-year history of the PhD, the professional doctorate is a young doctorate, the first being set up in Australia within the last two decades. The nature and status of professional doctorates remains unclear to many, including a number of university administrators of research training, as well as government and industry personnel. The fact that 61 per cent of professional doctorate programs fall under the classification of ‘research’ higher degrees is not widely understood. Moreover, the 131 programs we found to exist in 35 of the 38 Australian public universities, exhibit a wide range of structures and features.
Publication Type: Book
Publisher: Evaluation and Investigation Project, DEST
Place of Publication: Canberra, Australia
ISBN: 0642773076
Field of Research (FOR): 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
HERDC Category Description: A1 Authored Book - Scholarly
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Extent of Pages: 126
Series Name: Evaluations and Investigations Program report ; 02/8.
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