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Case study of satisfaction and completion of part time research students

Neumann, Ruth and Rodwell, John 2008, Case study of satisfaction and completion of part time research students, in QPR 2008 : Proceedings of the 2008 Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, The Centre for Educational Development and Academic Methods, The Australian National University, Canberra, A.C.T., pp. 195-196.

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Title Case study of satisfaction and completion of part time research students
Author(s) Neumann, Ruth
Rodwell, John
Conference name Quality in Postgraduate Research : Research Education in the New Global Environment. Conference (8th : 2008 : Adelaide, S.Aust.)
Conference location Adelaide, S.Aust.
Conference dates 17-18 Apr. 2008
Title of proceedings QPR 2008 : Proceedings of the 2008 Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference
Editor(s) Kiley, Margaret
Mullins, Gerry
Publication date 2008
Start page 195
End page 196
Publisher The Centre for Educational Development and Academic Methods, The Australian National University
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Summary Internationally the past decade has witnessed a stronger policy focus on research students. With the numbers of students undertaking research degrees continuing to increase, government and community interest in doctorates has grown. In 2006 more than 45,000 students were enrolled in a higher degree by research (HDR) in Australia (DEST, 2007). It is unclear how many of these HDR students are enrolled part time since the federal Department of Education, Science and Training’s preference for reporting statistics in terms of Equivalent Full-time Student Units (EFTSU) makes it impossible to study trends in actual numbers of part-time enrolments, obscuring the significance of part-time research students as a distinctive category. Part-time research students were estimated at around 38% of research students in 2003 (Cumming and Ryland, 2004; Cervini, 2007). Part-time research students have been referred to as the “reserve army” for universities and as “invisible” and the “forgotten cohort” for government policy (Evans, 2002; Barnacle and Usher, 2003). It is however becoming clear that there is a specific category of research student that has been overlooked to the point that they are ‘invisible’, in both policy and research terms - part-time students. This paper reports on research on parttime research students and examines completion times relative to full-time candidates as well as satisfaction with their research experience on completion. The study utilises two national data sources from Graduate Careers Australia (GCA). Detailed discussion of the datasets, research approach and analysis has been reported in Rodwell and Neumann (2008).
ISBN 9780731546411
9780731546428
Language eng
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration
Socio Economic Objective 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E3.1 Extract of paper
Copyright notice ©2008, Australian National University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019270

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