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ERIC Number: EJ856727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1360-144X
Developing Scholarly Communities as Learning Environments for Doctoral Students
Pyhalto, Kirsi; Stubb, Jenni; Lonka, Kirsti
International Journal for Academic Development, v14 n3 p221-232 Sep 2009
The quality of PhD training can be conceived of as being dependent on the learning environment provided by the scholarly community. Our paper explores PhD students' ideas about themselves as a part of this community, and their perceptions of their learning environment in the context of the University of Helsinki, Finland. The study is a part of a larger national research project. The present study includes data collected from three faculties: arts, medicine, and behavioral sciences. Altogether, 602 doctoral candidates responded to the survey. Results suggested that both the definitions of "scholarly community" given by the students and their experience of membership in this very community varied considerably. About one third of the PhD students did not perceive themselves as being members of any scholarly community at all. There appears to be an urgent need for more effective means of fostering PhD students' experience of active agency within scholarly communities. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland