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ERIC Number: EJ783432
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-14
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Carnegie Foundation Creates New "Owner's Manual" for Doctoral Programs
Wasley, Paula
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n16 pA9 Dec 2007
In his 1990 book "Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate", Ernest L. Boyer, who was then president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, analyzed the balance between teaching and research in the scholarly endeavors of that era. His conclusion that the university rewarded research at the expense of teaching set in motion a series of reforms that sought to re-emphasize teaching as an integral component of scholarship. Seventeen years later, the Carnegie Foundation has again found academe lacking. This time, however, higher education's most prominent advocates for teaching and teaching reform say that the research has been overlooked. Carnegie Foundation researchers, under the auspices of the foundation's departing president, Lee S. Shulman, have undertaken a project as ambitious as Mr. Boyer's: to take stock of the state of doctoral education and how it has responded to, or ignored, the challenges of the 21st century. Over a five-year period ending in 2005, the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate monitored 84 Ph.D.-granting departments in six fields--chemistry, education, English, history, mathematics, and neuroscience. The project's researchers tracked the selected programs as they analyzed departmental goals and performance, and made changes to improve their own effectiveness in meeting their goals. The group's findings have been summarized in a 200-page book called "The Formation of Scholars: Rethinking Doctoral Education for the Twenty-First Century" (Jossey-Bass). The book aspires to be a doctoral education "owner's manual," offering practical suggestions for promoting principles of progressive development, integration, and scholarly collaboration within Ph.D. programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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