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ERIC Number: ED481571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
The Ph.D. in English: Towards a New Consensus. Carnegie Essays on the Doctorate: English.
Graff, Gerald
The Carnegie Foundation commissioned a collection of essays as part of the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate (CID). Essays and essayists represent six disciplines that are part of the CID: chemistry, education, English, history, mathematics, and neuroscience. Intended to engender conversation about the conceptual foundation of doctoral education, the essays are intended as a starting point and not the last word in disciplinary discussions. This essay begins by suggesting that, though there is far less consensus about the nature and identity of English as a field of study than there was 40 years ago, English graduate programs still fail to confront the contested nature of "the profession" directly, leaving their graduate students to figure things out on their own. The essay offers seven proposals, intended as provocations rather than dogmatic prescriptions, to make these contested issues a central focus of doctoral programs, thereby making the process of socialization into professional culture more open and less mystifying. The proposals also are intended to take advantage of those areas of consensus that have been there all along, particularly the commitment to teaching and writing. (Contains 17 references.) (EV)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Princeton, NJ.
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Note: For related documents, see HE 036 204-207, 209-210.