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Part-time research students: the`reserve army` of research students for universities

Evans, Terry 2002, Part-time research students: the`reserve army` of research students for universities, in Quality in postgraduate research: integrating perspectives : Proceedings of the 2002 International Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, Centre for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Scholarship (CELTS), University of Canberra, Canberra, A.C.T, pp. 138-145.

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Title Part-time research students: the`reserve army` of research students for universities
Author(s) Evans, TerryORCID iD for Evans, Terry orcid.org/0000-0001-5087-5727
Conference name Quality in Postgraduate Research. Conference (2002 : Adelaide, South Australia)
Conference location Adelaide, South Australia
Conference dates 18 - 19 April 2002
Title of proceedings Quality in postgraduate research: integrating perspectives : Proceedings of the 2002 International Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference
Editor(s) Kiley, Margaret
Mullins, Gerry
Publication date 2002
Conference series Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference
Start page 138
End page 145
Publisher Centre for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Scholarship (CELTS), University of Canberra
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T
Keyword(s) Universities and colleges -- Graduate work
Education, Higher
Summary Over the past twenty years, in Australia, there has been a steady growth in the numbers of part-time research students. However, they have generally been invisible in government policy on research training, and have rarely been the focus of specific treatment in universities, where the full-time scholarship-holder is taken as the norm. Yet, these are people who often undertake their research in their workplaces on problems germane to their work. They do so with relatively less ‘drain on the public purse’ and they are well-placed to ensure their research has effect. This paper suggests that this ‘reserve army’ of research labour—part-time research students—could benefit from the integration of the perspectives that have driven other aspects of adult education with those, often economic rationalist perspectives, that have driven research training policy. In this way, government policy-makers may appreciate that this ‘reserve army’ provides good value, and universities may shape their research training policies and practices to provide support, infrastructure and supervision that matches the needs and contexts of part-time students, and which facilitates ‘technology transfer’ and links between universities and industries and the professions.
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ISBN 1740880390
9781740880398
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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