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Part-time research students: the`reserve army` of research students for universities

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posted on 2002-01-01, 00:00 authored by Terry EvansTerry Evans
Over the past twenty years, in Australia, there has been a steady growth in the numbers of part-time research students. However, they have generally been invisible in government policy on research training, and have rarely been the focus of specific treatment in universities, where the full-time scholarship-holder is taken as the norm. Yet, these are people who often undertake their research in their workplaces on problems germane to their work. They do so with relatively less ‘drain on the public purse’ and they are well-placed to ensure their research has effect. This paper suggests that this ‘reserve army’ of research labour—part-time research students—could benefit from the integration of the perspectives that have driven other aspects of adult education with those, often economic rationalist perspectives, that have driven research training policy. In this way, government policy-makers may appreciate that this ‘reserve army’ provides good value, and universities may shape their research training policies and practices to provide support, infrastructure and supervision that matches the needs and contexts of part-time students, and which facilitates ‘technology transfer’ and links between universities and industries and the professions.

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Title of proceedings

Quality in postgraduate research: integrating perspectives : Proceedings of the 2002 International Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference

Event

Quality in Postgraduate Research. Conference (2002 : Adelaide, South Australia)

Pagination

138 - 145

Publisher

Centre for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Scholarship (CELTS), University of Canberra

Location

Adelaide, South Australia

Place of publication

Canberra, A.C.T

Start date

2002-04-18

End date

2002-04-19

ISBN-13

9781740880398

ISBN-10

1740880390

Language

eng

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E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2002, University of Canberra, Centre for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Scholarship (CELTS)

Editor/Contributor(s)

M Kiley, G Mullins

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