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

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posted on 2016-01-01, 00:00 authored by S Pittayachawan, P D Macauley, Terry EvansTerry Evans
This article reports how statistical analyses of PhD thesis records
can reveal future research capacities for disciplines beyond their
primary fields. The previous research showed that most theses
contributed to and/or used methodologies from more than one
discipline. In Australia, there was a concern for declining mathematical
teaching and research capacity. We decided to investigate
the ‘hidden’ mathematics research capacity in PhDs outside of
mathematics. Australian PhD records were re-coded with up to
three fields. Records with mathematics as one of their codes were
selected and analysed for their relationships to disciplines in their
other codes. Triple-coding revealed ‘hidden’ mathematical
research capacity that had previously been single-coded in
another field had mathematics as one of their subsequent fields.
The findings have implications for policy and planning for mathematics
in Australia, and multiple coding of PhD theses records
enables analyses for other disciplines to be undertaken to show
their research capacities.

History

Journal

Journal of higher education policy and management

Volume

38

Issue

5

Pagination

562 - 575

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1360-080X

eISSN

1469-9508

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, Association for Tertiary Education Management and the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Education Leadership and Management

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