This paper examines recent claims by university, business and government leaders that the doctorate is in crisis. It examines recent changes to the doctorate and the development of new sorts of doctorates, such as professional doctorates, and analyses the social, political and economic factors that have contributed to these changes. It argues that there has been a radical shift in what the doctorate means in the twenty-first century and that has profound implications for the pedagogy and practice of the doctorate. The analysis draws primarily on data from Australia, the United States of America and the United Kingdom but these trends are typical of elsewhere in the world including Europe, and are important to understanding of the contemporary challenges confronting the doctorate as an internationally recognised and transportable qualification that operates in an international community and marketplace.
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Field of Research
130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective
970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category
C3.1 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
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