ERIC Number: EJ929328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Research Degrees as Professional Education?
Barnacle, Robyn; Dall'Alba, Gloria
Studies in Higher Education, v36 n4 p459-470 2011
There is an increasing trend within higher education and, more specifically, in higher degrees by research, to treat a professional skills set as a desirable graduate outcome. The increasing value that is being placed on a professional skills set in large part reflects growing interest around the world in the role of research degrees in labour markets and economic prosperity. Some have seen this shift as an opportunity to re-situate higher degrees by research as a form of professional education in the practices of research and scholarship. This raises a number of important issues for research education, which this article aims to identify. While a number of scholars has previously noted several of these issues, this article draws together key issues for interrogating the notion of research degrees as a form of professional education. In doing so, it points to ambiguities in expectations about what is produced through higher degrees by research programs.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Professional Occupations, Job Skills, Education Work Relationship, Research, Doctoral Degrees, Role, Labor Market, Economic Climate, Theory Practice Relationship, Research Skills, Training Methods, Professional Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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