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ERIC Number: ED372074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 19
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Disciplinary Elites and Qualitative Research.
Parry, Odette; And Others
Key aspects of the academic socialization of doctoral students in Britain are described by comparing and contrasting supervisors of Ph.D. candidates in a natural science and a social science discipline. The role of the supervisor in the production of academic elites is highlighted in the two very different academic research traditions. A total of 49 interviews were conducted in Social Anthropology, 24 of which were with Ph.D. students, and 25 of which were with Ph.D. supervisors. In departments of biochemistry, 8 interviews were conducted with heads of laboratories, and 28 were conducted with doctoral students. Myths that have developed as a result of inadequate information on British doctoral socialization in these sciences have suggested that the ways of doing doctoral research in these disciplines are quite different. In fact, these myths are substantiated by the fact that the structure of research in anthropology revolves around the student-supervisor relationship, but in biochemistry, it appears guided to a greater extent by the principle of teamwork. The role of the supervisor, however, is more similar than would appear at first glance, because the social anthropology supervisor is less directive or important day-to-day than first appearances suggest. (Contains 27 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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