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Changing Doctoral Degrees

An International Perspective. Society for Research into Higher Education

By (author) Keith Allan Noble
Foreword by Janet G. Donald
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Open University Press, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Mar 1994
Dimensions: w 154mm h 236mm d 15mm
Weight: 310g
ISBN-10: 0335192130
ISBN-13: 9780335192137
Barcode No: 9780335192137
Doctoral degrees have been a part of higher education ever since the first was conferred in Paris in around 1150. It is remarkable that this degree has survived and thrived for over eight centuries without significant change. Keith Allan Noble provides a concise, international summary of the past and present of doctoral degrees and predicts possible future developments, based on a study involving 67 scholars from Australia, Canada, Britain and the USA. He examines the strengths and weaknesses of both traditional and non-traditional doctoral programmes, and concludes with pragmatic recommendations suggesting how doctoral programmes should change. "Changing Doctoral Degrees" should be of interest to academics supervising doctoral candidates and for scholars researching higher education.

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"Readers will value this text for its breadth of vision and its crystallisation of the issues. In particular all doctoral supervisors will be better placed to answer the question which is increasingly asked by students: 'What does a PhD tell the world about me?'" - Higher Education "This is a 'factual' book...interesting and informative, and acts as a resource for further debate on the issues surrounding the PhD." - Educational Review.