Researching the role of the PhD in developing an academic career: does it make a difference?

Crawford, Karin and Brew, Angela and Boud, David and Lucas, Lisa (2014) Researching the role of the PhD in developing an academic career: does it make a difference? In: Higher Education Close Up 7, 21 - 23 July 2014, University of Lancaster.

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Abstract

This single paper builds on the arguments developed through the think piece by Bak (2013) in that it will report on research that explored academics’ experiences of the role of the PhD in developing their academic careers. Bak (2013) questions the ‘conventional way of approaching the PhD´ in South Africa (p.1) and proposes reconsideration of how doctoral education is conceptualised, delivered and valued. The current study, undertaken in Australia and the UK, commenced from the premise that it is commonly assumed that the PhD prepares people for academic careers, yet little is known about how academics are influenced and developed through doctoral study. Early findings demonstrate that the PhD has not been particularly effective in preparing academics for independent research and teaching and that changes in doctoral education are needed

Keywords:academic practice, academic labour, Academic Identities, PhD, academic careers
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:Professional services > Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute
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Deposited On:15 Apr 2014 09:46

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