`Silly, soft and otherwise suspect`: doctoral education as risky business

McWilliam, Erica, Lawson, Alan, Evans, Terry and Taylor, Peter G. 2005, `Silly, soft and otherwise suspect`: doctoral education as risky business, Australian journal of education, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 214-227.

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Title `Silly, soft and otherwise suspect`: doctoral education as risky business
Author(s) McWilliam, Erica
Lawson, Alan
Evans, TerryORCID iD for Evans, Terry orcid.org/0000-0001-5087-5727
Taylor, Peter G.
Journal name Australian journal of education
Volume number 49
Issue number 2
Start page 214
End page 227
Publisher ACER
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2005-08
ISSN 0004-9441
Keyword(s) academic standards
doctoral degrees
doctoral programs
doctoral theses
graduate study
politics of education
student research
Summary This article investigates how certain doctoral practices come to count as scandalous and with what effects on universities. To do so, it engages with a number of recent media allegations that relate to doctoral practice in Australia and elsewhere. The analysis of these allegations is developed in terms of three broad categories, namely allegations of silliness in relation to thesis content, allegations of softness in relation to entry, rigour and assessment, and allegations of suspect conduct and/or credentials. The impact of such allegations on university governance is then addressed.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Australian Council for Educational Research
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008781

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