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ERIC Number: EJ1164935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1470-3297
Ages and Career Stages: Considerations in Providing Support for Mid-Late Career Stage Doctoral Students
Robertson, Margaret J.
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v54 n6 p560-569 2017
This article raises two inter-related issues: firstly there is a correlation between the needs of doctoral students that are strongly related to age and career stage; and secondly, because these needs differ according to their demographic, the current discourse of developing work-readiness skills of doctoral students is misplaced for the growing cohort of mid and late career students. This article draws on data from a recent qualitative study into supervision in doctoral studies in social science disciplines in Australia. The data-set for this article comes from 10 close-to-completion doctoral students. This article argues that it is the mid-career candidates (35-44 years of age) who are least well-served by the focus on work-readiness skills and this discourse serves to reinforce a deficit model where prior knowledge and experience are undervalued. This impacts negatively on the self-efficacy of this cohort by undermining established professional identities and consequently diminishing agency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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