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ERIC Number: EJ985004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9441
"Silly, Soft and Otherwise Suspect": Doctoral Education as Risky Business
McWilliam, Erica; Lawson, Alan; Evans, Terry; Taylor, Peter G.
Australian Journal of Education, v49 n2 p214-227 Aug 2005
This article investigates how certain doctoral practices come to count as scandalous and with what effects on universities. To do so, it engages with a number of recent media allegations that relate to doctoral practice in Australia and elsewhere. The analysis of these allegations is developed in terms of three broad categories, namely allegations of silliness in relation to thesis content, allegations of softness in relation to entry, rigour and assessment, and allegations of suspect conduct and/or credentials. The impact of such allegations on university governance is then addressed. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia