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dc.contributor.authorMaxwell, Thomas Wen
dc.identifier.citationWork Based Learning e-Journal, 2(1), p. 24-43en
dc.description.abstractSome doubt has been cast upon the impact of Prof Docs and the main purpose of this article is to identify the continuing and potential contribution of Prof Docs to Australian doctoral education. An analysis of Australian Prof Docs websites in 2011 found (1) the number of awards had approximately doubled in a decade and (2) the major growth had occurred in 'niche' awards. Maxwell and Shanahan (2001) found that about half of Australian professional doctorates (Prof Docs) offered were distinctly professional. In this article 'distinctly professional' is aligned with the Gibbons et al. (1994) Mode 2 knowledge production model coupled with researcher experience in the profession/workplace. The question of whether professional doctorates in Australia are 'distinctly professional' was addressed via an analysis of 34 interviews of Australian Prof Docs co-ordinators. Only a minority were clear about this issue. About 60% of Co-ordinators thought their professional doctorate had a bright future but about 20% were more circumspect. These and other data indicated that perhaps as many as 20% of extant professional doctorates in Australia appear to be under stress (in addition to those already taken off the books in recent times). Overall, the growth and greater focus upon the workplace in professional Doctoral research indicates that at the present professional doctorates are in a reasonably healthy state though some awards will disappear. For example, the 45 Doctor of Psychology awards will have to be re-worked following the recent publication of the Australian Qualifications Framework that requires two thirds of a doctorate to be devoted to research. Three professional doctorate types for Australian universities can be identified: profession specific, robust and niche professional doctorates.en
dc.publisherMiddlesex Universityen
dc.relation.ispartofWork Based Learning e-Journalen
dc.titleAustralian professional doctorates: mapping, distinctiveness, stress and prospectsen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.subject.keywordsHigher Educationen
local.contributor.firstnameThomas Wen
local.subject.for2008130103 Higher Educationen
local.subject.seo2008930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Developmenten
local.profile.schoolSchool of Educationen
local.record.institutionUniversity of New Englanden
local.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen
local.title.subtitlemapping, distinctiveness, stress and prospectsen
local.title.maintitleAustralian professional doctoratesen
local.output.categorydescriptionC1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journalen
local.relation.url, Thomas Wen
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