The coordination role in research education: emerging understandings and dilemmas for leadership

Boud,D, Brew,A, Dowling,R, Kiley,M, McKenzie,J, Malfroy,J, Ryland,K and Solomon,N 2014, The coordination role in research education: emerging understandings and dilemmas for leadership, Journal of higher education policy and management, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 440-454, doi: 10.1080/1360080X.2014.916466.

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Title The coordination role in research education: emerging understandings and dilemmas for leadership
Author(s) Boud,DORCID iD for Boud,D
Journal name Journal of higher education policy and management
Volume number 36
Issue number 4
Start page 440
End page 454
Total pages 15
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1360-080X
Keyword(s) doctoral studies
research education
research training
Summary Changes in expectations of research education worldwide have seen the rise of new demands beyond supervision and have highlighted the need for academic leadership in research education at a local level. Based on an interview study of those who have taken up local leadership roles in four Australian universities, this paper maps and analyses different dimensions of the emerging leadership role of research education coordination. It argues that while there is increasing clarity of what is required, there are considerable tensions in the nature of the coordination role and how coordination is to be executed. In particular, what leadership roles are appropriate and how can they be positioned effectively within universities? The paper draws on the Integrated Competing Values Framework to focus on the activities of coordination and on ideas of distributed leadership to discuss the leadership that characterises coordination. It is argued that without acknowledgement of the influences that coordinators need to exert and the positioning and support needed to achieve this, the contemporary agenda for research education will not be realised.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/1360080X.2014.916466
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio Economic Objective 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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