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ERIC Number: EJ865691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Socialization of Junior Researchers in New Academic Research Environments: Two Case Studies from Finland
Hakala, Johanna
Studies in Higher Education, v34 n5 p501-516 Aug 2009
The article examines the modes of research training in two Finnish academic research centres, where research is project based, application oriented and externally funded. In particular, the article asks what duties, skills and qualities are considered appropriate for people in different positions (PhD student, post-doctoral researcher, supervisor). The research shows that while Finnish higher education policy pushes for a higher number of doctorates, shorter times-to-degree and more structured doctoral education, the science policy emphasis on externally-funded project research has produced a large new category of "researcher PhD students". The students in this group are expected to act as independent and productive researchers even before attaining the PhD degree. The article concludes that understanding and improving Finnish doctoral education requires that more attention be paid to the interplay of different policy measures at the level of local academic communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland