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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QPR 2008 : Proceedings of the 2008 Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference
Kiley, Margaret Mullins, Gerry
The Centre for Educational Development and Academic Methods, The Australian National University
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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).
Field of Research
130304 Educational Administration
Socio Economic Objective
930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
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