The purpose of the PhD : theorising the skills acquired by students

Mowbray, Susan and Halse, Christine 2010, The purpose of the PhD : theorising the skills acquired by students, Higher education research and development, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 653-664, doi: 10.1080/07294360.2010.487199.

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Title The purpose of the PhD : theorising the skills acquired by students
Author(s) Mowbray, Susan
Halse, Christine
Journal name Higher education research and development
Volume number 29
Issue number 6
Start page 653
End page 664
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2010
ISSN 0729-4360
Keyword(s) aristotle
intellectual virtues
Summary In the past decade there has been a marked push for the development of employability skills to be part of the PhD process. This push is generally by stakeholders from above and outside the PhD process, i.e. government and industry, who view skills as a summative product of the PhD. In contrast, our study interviewed stakeholders inside the PhD process – twenty final‐year, full‐time Australian PhD students – to provide a bottom‐up perspective into the skills question. Using grounded theory procedures we theorise the skills students develop during the PhD as a formative developmental process of acquiring intellectual virtues. Drawing on Aristotelian theory, we propose that theorising the PhD as a process of acquiring intellectual virtues offers a more robust and conceptually richer framework for understanding students’ development during the PhD than the instrumental focus on skills evident in contemporary debates.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/07294360.2010.487199
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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