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'Silly, Soft and Otherwise Suspect’: Doctoral education as risky business

McWilliam, Erica L., Lawson, Alan , Evans, Terry , & Taylor, Peter G. (2005) 'Silly, Soft and Otherwise Suspect’: Doctoral education as risky business. Australian Journal of Education, 49(2), pp. 214-227.

Abstract

This paper 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.

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ID Code: 4171
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: risk, doctorates, higher degree supervision, postgraduate supervision, scandal
ISSN: 0004-9441
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 ACER
Copyright Statement: This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the ACER journal. It is not a copy of the record. Final and authorised version first published in the Australian Journal of Career Development in 49(2):pp. 214-227 published by the Australian Council for Educational Research. Copyright © 2005 Australian Council for Educational Research.
Deposited On: 17 May 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:11

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