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ERIC Number: EJ1127598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2159-0281
Learning Together: Perceived Cognitive and Behavioral Outcomes of Learners in a Nontraditional, Professional Doctoral Program
Radda, Hank; Cross, Ted; Holbeck, Rick
Journal of Instructional Research, v1 p3-10 2012
In recent years nontraditional professional doctoral programs have been on the rise. Fueled by the demand of the new "knowledge-based" economy, these doctoral programs are becoming increasingly important in training professionals to become experts in their fields. As such, data on the learning outcomes of nontraditional programs becomes useful in understanding educational effectiveness as well as creating feedback for future program design. In this study over 500 doctoral learners in an online doctoral program with residency requirements participated in structured discussions about the perceived outcomes of their doctoral journey. Qualitative analysis using grounded theory suggests that students perceived certain behavioral and cognitive dispositions during the doctoral program. Discussion reveals that there is a fertile area for ongoing investigation on the perceived outcomes of nontraditional doctoral programs in terms of both academic learning and social-emotional development.
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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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