ERIC Number: EJ719324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Reference Count: 23
Early Warning Signs in Postgraduate Research Education: A Different Approach to Ensuring Timely Completions
Teaching in Higher Education, v10 n2 p219-233 Apr 2005
Recent government intervention in research higher degree policy across the globe has sharpened universities' focus on the quality of their students' research education experience and on timely completion rates. Studies have sought to highlight the factors that predict research students' timely completion of their studies. Many universities have sought to tighten their selection processes as a way of improving completion rates, even verging on adopting a risk analysis approach to selecting students. Instead this paper takes a preventative, interventionist approach to improving timely completions. It explores how experienced supervisors detect and deal with early warning signs that their research students are experiencing difficulty. It also investigates the wide range of reasons some students nominate for not discussing these difficulties directly with their supervisors. It proposes that supervisors may be able to improve timely completions if they are aware of these reasons and if they adopt a range of explicit pedagogical strategies to support students' learning.
Descriptors: Research, Time, Graduate Study, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Academic Persistence, Intervention, Supervision, Time to Degree, Degree Requirements, Educational Policy
Customer Services for Taylor & Francis Group Journals, 325 Chestnut Street, Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420 (Toll Free); Fax: 215-625-8914.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia