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Barnacle, Robyn; Dall'Alba, Gloria – Higher Education Research and Development, 2017
Efforts to evaluate and improve student engagement have been pervasive in higher education over recent years. Critics argue, however, that troubling affinities are evident between student engagement efforts and a neoliberal agenda which emphasises accountability through performativity. Neoliberalism manifests in policies that focus on the economic…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Learner Engagement, Neoliberalism, Caring
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Sinclair, Jennifer; Cuthbert, Denise; Barnacle, Robyn – Higher Education Research and Development, 2014
This article begins the work of examining what kind of doctoral experiences positively influence researcher development, and what other attributes may contribute to a successful research career. It reports preliminary findings from the analysis of survey responses by a sample of successful mid-career researchers. Positive doctoral experiences and…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Researchers, Entrepreneurship, Educational Experience
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Mewburn, Inger; Tokareva, Ekaterina; Cuthbert, Denise; Sinclair, Jennifer; Barnacle, Robyn – Higher Education Research and Development, 2014
This paper reports findings from Australian research into student, academic and administrative staff understandings of the role and efficacy of periodic progress reports designed to monitor the progress of higher-degree-by-research candidates. Major findings are that confusion of the purpose and ultimate audience of these reports is linked to less…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Progress Monitoring, Doctoral Programs, Doctoral Degrees
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Barnacle, Robyn – Higher Education Research and Development, 2005
This paper is concerned with how research candidate becoming is situated within the contemporary higher education policy context and in investigating alternatives. The idea for the paper arises out of a simple observation: that the Doctorate is a degree in philosophy. What does this observation have to offer for understanding research candidate…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Doctoral Degrees, Philosophy, Educational Research