Work integrated research higher degree studies : experiences, benefits, barriers and coping strategies

Chen, Le, Rodney, A. Stewart, Willis, Rachelle, & Britton, Tracy (2008) Work integrated research higher degree studies : experiences, benefits, barriers and coping strategies. In Mann, Llewllyn, Thompson, Adam, Howard, Prue, & (Eds.) Proceedings of 19th Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Engineering Education, Yeppoon, QLD.

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Attributed to the changing social, political and economic landscape of the ‘knowledge economy’, Australian universities are under pressure to produce researchers that have a variety of skills which meet the demands of an increasingly diverse job market. As a consequence, the Australian PhD now includes a range of doctoral degrees. This paper reports on the experiences of two PhD students engaged in an informally managed research higher degree program described in this paper as a Work Integrated Research Higher Degree (WIRHD). Their learning process shares the attributes from both the traditional PhD program and professional doctorates. However, because of the blended nature of the learning contexts, what students need to manage within the WIRHD is much more complicated than the established RHD programs. An exploratory case study approach exploring experiences, benefits, barriers and coping strategies was conducted with the view to develop a preliminary integrative framework that attempts to explain the various contexts that influence the learning experience of WIRHD candidates. The paper concludes with some recommended strategies for helping WIRHD candidates to manage the challenges associated with their learning process.

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ID Code: 58904
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Work Integrated studies, Research higher degree, Australia
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education (UICEE).
Deposited On: 08 Apr 2013 02:37
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2013 19:28

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