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ERIC Number: EJ1102503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
The Core Competencies of PhDs
Durette, Barthélémy; Fournier, Marina; Lafon, Matthieu
Studies in Higher Education, v41 n8 p1355-1370 2016
In our knowledge society and economy, doctoral education is increasingly considered as a means to produce knowledge workers to feed the needs of the global employment market. This raises concerns about the competencies developed through doctoral training. Surprisingly, only a few studies have addressed this question and most of them are restricted to very limited populations or lack empirical evidences. In this context, we performed a national survey answered by 2794 PhDs. From the data collected, we built a reference framework containing 111 competencies organized in 6 main categories. From statistical analysis, we identified a set of "core" competencies that are shared by doctorate holders (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet Chi squared goodness-of-fit test, alpha level 0.05). This study therefore demonstrates that PhDs develop a set of common competencies and delineate its boundaries.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France
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