The social science training-model doctorate: student choice?

Collinson, Jacquelyn and Hockey, John (1997) The social science training-model doctorate: student choice? Journal of Further and Higher Education, 21 (3). pp. 373-381. ISSN 0309-877X

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Abstract

Recent changes to social science doctoral educational policy, instigated by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and endorsed by central government, have begun radically to alter the nature of the UK social science PhD. Perhaps the most fundamental change has been the introduction of the training‐model doctorate, with its concomitant taught research methods component. Underlying the move towards this model can be discerned an assumption of the doctoral student body as homogeneous. This article challenges the validity of this assumption and subsequently charts what is known about doctoral students’ responses to the current pro research training climate. The article concludes with a call for greater flexibility of provision to meet the needs of a wider range of research students than are currently catered for.

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Additional Information:Recent changes to social science doctoral educational policy, instigated by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and endorsed by central government, have begun radically to alter the nature of the UK social science PhD. Perhaps the most fundamental change has been the introduction of the training‐model doctorate, with its concomitant taught research methods component. Underlying the move towards this model can be discerned an assumption of the doctoral student body as homogeneous. This article challenges the validity of this assumption and subsequently charts what is known about doctoral students’ responses to the current pro research training climate. The article concludes with a call for greater flexibility of provision to meet the needs of a wider range of research students than are currently catered for.
Keywords:Doctoral research students, Professional training, Higher education, Doctoral education policy, Doctorates in the social sciences
Subjects:L Social studies > L433 Education Policy
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:6705
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Deposited On:26 Oct 2012 14:33
Last Modified:26 Oct 2012 14:34

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