ERIC Number: ED445607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Doctoral Education: Preparing for the Future.
LaPidus, Jules B.
Communicator, v30 n10 spec iss Nov 1997
This monograph notes the dichotomy between doctoral education and preparation for various kinds of jobs or careers, arguing that while doctoral education prepares people to do independent research, employers by and large are seeking other skills. This paper attempts to examine the role of graduate education through a variety of lenses--e.g., as preparation for a career in research, preparation for scholarship, for faculty positions, for industrial positions, for professional practice, for other positions, and for life. It sees preparation for research as a vehicle for preparing scholars, and it defines scholarship as seeing one's research within a larger framework of intellectual work. In considering preparation for faculty positions the paper notes that more attention must be placed on training teaching assistants for the full range of faculty work. And for industrial careers, it argues for programs analogous to internships in teaching hospitals. In advocating preparation for life, the paper asks how far graduate programs should go to prepare students for life, and suggests workshops and seminars to provide practical skills in areas such as preparing resumes, time management, and working in teams. Finally, the paper offers some examples of approaches being tried on various campuses to broaden graduate education. (Contains 20 references.) (CH)
Descriptors: Career Planning, Careers, College Faculty, Doctoral Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Objectives, Employment Opportunities, Employment Potential, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Relevance (Education), Research
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools, Washington, DC.
Note: Some copy on page 9 is missing.