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Impacts of a professional practice doctorate: a collaborative enquiry

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posted on 01.01.2021, 00:00 authored by David BoudDavid Boud, C Costley, S Marshall, B Sutton
Doctoral education aims to benefit those who undertake it, but does it exert a wider influence? Professional doctorates are commonly designed to have an impact beyond the individual concerned, but is this influence realised? This article focuses on a collaborative enquiry by a group of academics and doctoral alumni from non-discipline-specific professional doctorates. The enquiry examined how the professional practice of the graduates changed as a result of their studies and what influence this had on their work and their profession. It found that there was considerable impact on the wider context of the alumni, but that these effects were due more to the capacity-building effect of the doctorate than on the particular outcomes of the study undertaken.

History

Journal

Higher education research and development

Volume

40

Issue

3

Pagination

431 - 445

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

0729-4360

eISSN

1469-8366

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal