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Exploring the extent and nature of the diversity of the doctoral population in Australia : A profile of the respondents to a 2005 national survey

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posted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by M Pearson, J Cumming, Terry EvansTerry Evans, Peter Macauley, Kevin Ryland
Although there is general agreement that diversity is a feature of doctoral education in Australia, there are various forms and levels of diversity, many of which are not captured by analyses that rely on categories for analysing the doctoral education population that are those commonly used in education at the undergraduate level, such as sex, age, mode of study, type of enrolment, citizenship, and Broad Field of Study, etc. These categories primarily reflect concerns to do with funding and issues of participation and equity. Our analysis of data from a national survey of doctoral candidates carried out in 2005 as part of a Linkage Grant project “Reconceptualising the doctoral experience’, suggests that not all of these categories are relevant to critical concerns for doctoral education. Nor do analyses at a macro-level represent the particularity of the doctoral experience. They can mask the reality of a highly variable student population, and one that is not necessarily represented accurately or helpfully by ascribing group identities.

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Quality in postgraduate Research Conference (2008 : Adelaide, S.Aust.)

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90 - 114

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Quality in Postgraduate Research

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Adelaide, S.Aust.

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[Adelaide, S.Aust.]

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2008-04-17

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2008-04-18

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eng

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E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

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2008, Quality in Postgraduate Research

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QPR 2008 : Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference : Research education in the new global environment

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