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ERIC Number: EJ904147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
The Purpose of the PhD: Theorising the Skills Acquired by Students
Mowbray, Susan; Halse, Christine
Higher Education Research and Development, v29 n6 p653-664 Dec 2010
In the past decade there has been a marked push for the development of employability skills to be part of the PhD process. This push is generally by stakeholders from above and outside the PhD process, i.e. government and industry, who view skills as a "summative product" of the PhD. In contrast, our study interviewed stakeholders inside the PhD process--twenty final-year, full-time Australian PhD students--to provide a bottom-up perspective into the skills question. Using grounded theory procedures we theorise the skills students develop during the PhD as a "formative developmental process" of acquiring intellectual virtues. Drawing on Aristotelian theory, we propose that theorising the PhD as a process of acquiring intellectual virtues offers a more robust and conceptually richer framework for understanding students' development during the PhD than the instrumental focus on skills evident in contemporary debates. (Contains 2 notes.)
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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: Australia