Researching professionals and online social networking : toward a professional doctorate

Beutel, Denise A., Gray, Larina, Beames, Stephanie Y., Klenowski, Valentina, Ehrich, Lisa C., & Kapitzke, Cushla (2010) Researching professionals and online social networking : toward a professional doctorate. In Burden, Robert & Postlethwaite, Keith (Eds.) Emerging Trends In Higher Education Learning And Teaching : Proceedings of the TARC International Conference On Learning And Teaching, Tunku Abdul Rahman College, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, pp. 210-218.

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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 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 this developing knowledge and skills. Three key findings has emerged from this study were: (i) the appropriateness of using a blended learning approach for this doctoral cohort; (ii) the challenges of using wikis as an online technology of creating communities of practice: and (iii) that the transition from student to scholar is a process that is unlikely to be achieved in a short time frame.

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ID Code: 39330
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Doctorial education, Professional doctorate, Blending learning, wikis, HERN
ISBN: 9789670115009
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
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 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 23 Dec 2010 04:25
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:21

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