Using digital data and bibliometric analysis for researching doctoral education

Macauley, Peter, Evans, Terry, Pearson, Margot and Tregenza, Karen 2005, Using digital data and bibliometric analysis for researching doctoral education, Higher education research and development, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 189-199, doi: 10.1080/07294360500063076.

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Title Using digital data and bibliometric analysis for researching doctoral education
Author(s) Macauley, Peter
Evans, TerryORCID iD for Evans, Terry
Pearson, Margot
Tregenza, Karen
Journal name Higher education research and development
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 189
End page 199
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2005
ISSN 0729-4360
Keyword(s) Higher education
Summary As more digital data become publicly available new opportunities for researchers in education are arising. Researchers may be unaware of the existence and usefulness of such data even though these are freely available. In this article the use of one such source of information is described and its potential for research into research education discussed. We sought to exploit the research potential of the existing, yet dispersed, collection of online Australian thesis records to inform their research into the development of the PhD in Australia. Having created a searchable and reliable database from the available records, bibliometric analyses enabled us to map knowledge production and research capability in institutional and disciplinary settings from 1949 to 2003 as indicated by PhD theses. This is in contrast to the more familiar use of data based on student load or completion rates, and complements that data by focusing on research output as opposed to student throughput.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/07294360500063076
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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