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Exploring the extent and nature of the diversity of the doctoral population in Australia : A profile of the respondents to a 2005 national survey

Pearson, Margot, Cumming, Jim, Evans, Terry, Macauley, Peter and Ryland, Kevin 2008, Exploring the extent and nature of the diversity of the doctoral population in Australia : A profile of the respondents to a 2005 national survey, in QPR 2008 : Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference : Research education in the new global environment, Quality in Postgraduate Research, [Adelaide, S.Aust.], pp. 90-114.

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Title Exploring the extent and nature of the diversity of the doctoral population in Australia : A profile of the respondents to a 2005 national survey
Author(s) Pearson, Margot
Cumming, Jim
Evans, Terry
Macauley, Peter
Ryland, Kevin
Conference name Quality in postgraduate Research Conference (2008 : Adelaide, S.Aust.)
Conference location Adelaide, S.Aust.
Conference dates 17-18 April 2008
Title of proceedings QPR 2008 : Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference : Research education in the new global environment
Publication date 2008
Start page 90
End page 114
Publisher Quality in Postgraduate Research
Place of publication [Adelaide, S.Aust.]
Summary Although there is general agreement that diversity is a feature of doctoral education in Australia, there are various forms and levels of diversity, many of which are not captured by analyses that rely on categories for analysing the doctoral education population that are those commonly used in education at the undergraduate level, such as sex, age, mode of study, type of enrolment, citizenship, and Broad Field of Study, etc. These categories primarily reflect concerns to do with funding and issues of participation and equity. Our analysis of data from a national survey of doctoral candidates carried out in 2005 as part of a Linkage Grant project “Reconceptualising the doctoral experience’, suggests that not all of these categories are relevant to critical concerns for doctoral education. Nor do analyses at a macro-level represent the particularity of the doctoral experience. They can mask the reality of a highly variable student population, and one that is not necessarily represented accurately or helpfully by ascribing group identities.
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Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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