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ERIC Number: EJ829967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0260-2938
Graduate Attribute Development and Employment Outcomes: Tracking PhD Graduates
Manathunga, Catherine; Pitt, Rachael; Critchley, Christa
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v34 n1 p91-103 Feb 2009
The provision of diversified research training is regarded as one of the most significant contributions made by the Australian Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) programme [Howard Partners 2003, Evaluation of the cooperative research centres programme, Department of Education, Science and Training, Canberra, ACT]. Yet, a systematic evaluation of Australia's CRC research training programmes and outcomes has not yet been undertaken. This article reports on a pilot questionnaire designed to provide the beginnings of such an evaluation. Participants were science-based research graduates who were awarded with a PhD within the four-year period 2000-2003 and had completed the majority of their PhD project either in a university school or in a CRC environment. The questionnaire results provide insights into participants' perceptions of the graduate attributes they developed prior to and during their PhD studies. It also investigates their perceptions about the relative importance of particular skills in university and industry settings. This article argues that understanding the perceptions and employment experiences of recent research graduates is a vital way of ensuring that PhD programmes are more effectively designed to prepare research graduates for a range of careers. In particular, these results confirm the importance of constant re-evaluation and improvement of all PhD training programmes. (Contains 4 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia