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ERIC Number: ED537993
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 52
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-9874-6490-3
The CRC Contribution to Research Training: Report of a Scoping Study for the Cooperative Research Centres Association
Palmer, Nigel
Centre for the Study of Higher Education
This report summarises findings from a scoping study conducted for the Cooperative Research Centres Association (CRCA) by the Centre for the Study of Higher Education. The purpose of the scoping study is to inform the research training activities of Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs). While previous studies have focussed on the outcomes supported by the CRC research training activities, the focus of this report is on the inputs and processes invested by Cooperative Research Centres in supporting quality research education outcomes, and the measures of performance in which they are reflected. Findings from the scoping study reflect a diverse range of research training activities supported by CRCs. Key findings include: (1) Supporting quality research education in partnership with universities is among the central objectives of the CRC program; (2) CRCs are the 12th largest provider of research training nationally by overall research student load; (3) In partnership with universities, CRCs represent the 9th largest provider of doctoral completions overall; (4) When compared with universities CRCs rank 8th nationally in supporting doctoral completions; and (5) When compared with university groups, CRCs perform among the best nationally in supporting doctoral completions, second only to the Group of Eight. Findings from this study are intended to inform the collection and dissemination of information on CRC research training activities, assist in identifying markers for distinctiveness in the CRC contribution to research education, inform related benchmarking activities and inform recommendations for future development. Appended are: (1) The scoping study; (2) Extracts from the Management Data Questionnaire (MDQ); (3) University Groupings; (4) The Postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire (PREQ); (5) QAA Indicators of Sound Practice; (6) Areas addressed in the draft "Good Practice Framework for Research Training"; (7) Template program elements based on the CRC Balanced Scientist Program; and (8) Comparison of the CRC "Balanced Scientist Model" and the Vitae "Researcher Development Framework." (Contains 11 figures, 11 tables, and 14 footnotes.) [This paper was prepared for the Cooperative Research Centres Association.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Melbourne Univ. (Australia). Centre for the Study of Higher Education.