Revealing future research capacity from an analysis of a national database of discipline-coded Australian PhD thesis records

Pittayachawan, Siddhi, Macauley, Peter and Evans, Terry 2016, Revealing future research capacity from an analysis of a national database of discipline-coded Australian PhD thesis records, Journal of higher education policy and management, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 562-575, doi: 10.1080/1360080X.2016.1196936.

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Title Revealing future research capacity from an analysis of a national database of discipline-coded Australian PhD thesis records
Author(s) Pittayachawan, Siddhi
Macauley, Peter
Evans, TerryORCID iD for Evans, Terry orcid.org/0000-0001-5087-5727
Journal name Journal of higher education policy and management
Volume number 38
Issue number 5
Start page 562
End page 575
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1360-080X
1469-9508
Keyword(s) Australian PhD data
Discipline-coded thesis records
Future research capacity
Mathematical sciences PhDs
PhD theses
Summary This article reports how statistical analyses of PhD thesis recordscan reveal future research capacities for disciplines beyond theirprimary fields. The previous research showed that most thesescontributed to and/or used methodologies from more than onediscipline. In Australia, there was a concern for declining mathematicalteaching and research capacity. We decided to investigatethe ‘hidden’ mathematics research capacity in PhDs outside ofmathematics. Australian PhD records were re-coded with up tothree fields. Records with mathematics as one of their codes wereselected and analysed for their relationships to disciplines in theirother codes. Triple-coding revealed ‘hidden’ mathematicalresearch capacity that had previously been single-coded inanother field had mathematics as one of their subsequent fields.The findings have implications for policy and planning for mathematicsin Australia, and multiple coding of PhD theses recordsenables analyses for other disciplines to be undertaken to showtheir research capacities.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/1360080X.2016.1196936
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1301 Education Systems
1605 Policy And Administration
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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