An exploratory study of online social networking within a Doctorate of Education program

Beutel, Denise, Gray, Larina, Beames, Stephanie Y., Klenowski, Valentina, Ehrich, Lisa C., & Kapitzke, Cushla (2010) An exploratory study of online social networking within a Doctorate of Education program. International Journal of Learning, 17(3), pp. 67-79.

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The professional doctorate is a degree that is specifically designed for professionals investigating real-world problems and relevant issues for a profession, industry and/or the community. The exploratory study on which this paper is based sought to track the scholarly skill development of a cohort of professional doctoral students who commenced their course in January 2008 at an Australian university. Via an initial survey and two focus groups held six months apart, the study aimed to determine if there had been any qualitative shifts in students’ understandings, expectations and perceptions regarding their developing knowledge and skills. Three key findings that emerged from this study were: (i) the appropriateness of using a blended learning approach in this professional doctoral program; (ii) the challenges of using wikis as an online technology for creating communities of practice; and (iii) the transition from professional to scholar is a process that requires the guided support inherent in the design of this particular doctorate of education program.

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ID Code: 34175
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Doctoral Education , Blended Learning, Professional Doctorate, Doctoral studies, Wikis, HERN
ISSN: 1447-9494
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Common Ground Publisher
Deposited On: 19 Aug 2010 01:20
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:21

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