Australian PhD theses in selected professional and academic disciplines 1987–2006 and the implications for future research capacity
Evans, Terry and Macauley, Peter 2010, Australian PhD theses in selected professional and academic disciplines 1987–2006 and the implications for future research capacity, Journal of the world universities forum, vol. 3, no. 5, pp. 103-116.
This commences with an overview the research methods and outcomes. It is contextualised in terms of the current Australian and international debates about the nature, substance and impact of doctoral education on nations, societies, communities and economies. Four professional disciplines (architecture and building, education, librarianship and nursing) and four academic disciplines (astronomy, chemistry, cultural studies and demography) are selected for analysis of their 1987–2006 PhD thesis records. These selections were made to reflect a range of professional and academic disciplines in Australia and to illustrate the changes that have occurred over the past two decades. The period 1987-2006 covers several major changes in Australian university education and PhD education in particular.
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