Doctoral Education, Danger and Risk Management

McWilliam, Erica L., Taylor, Peter G., & Singh, Parlo (2002) Doctoral Education, Danger and Risk Management. Higher Education Research and Development, 21(2), pp. 119-129.

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This paper examines how risk management is reworking the doctoral supervisor/candidate relationship. We argue that a larger and more diverse population of doctoral students means special challenges for universities worldwide in managing doctoral programs to optimize their productivity and minimize the risk of failure, costliness and/or litigation. An effect of this is that professional and personal relationships in universities, as in many other public and private institutions, are being reshaped in order to be more closely aligned with risk minimization policy directives and strategies. To understand what effects such reshaping is having on doctoral education, we bring together anthropological theorising of risk with pedagogical theorising of power and identity in education contexts. This theoretical cross-over between anthropology and education situates the pedagogic work of doctoral training within a culturally constituted order of professional care and risk management. We utilize this framework to interrogate ‘soft marking’ as a specific domain in which risk minimization is producing new relational identities for both supervisors and students involved in doctoral studies programs.

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ID Code: 1035
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HERN
DOI: 10.1080/07294360220144042
ISSN: 1469-8366
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Higher Education Research and Development 21(2):pp. 119-129.
Deposited On: 28 Jun 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:55

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