Work Integrated Research Higher Degree Studies: Experiences, Benefits, Barriers and Coping Strategies

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Title Work Integrated Research Higher Degree Studies: Experiences, Benefits, Barriers and Coping Strategies
Author Chen, Le; Stewart, Rodney Anthony; Willis, Rachelle McDonald; Britton, Tracy Clare
Publication Title 19th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Editor Llewllyn Mann, Adam Thompson & Prue Howard
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Rockhampton
Publisher CQUniversity
Abstract 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.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.aaee.com.au/
Alternative URI http://www.events.rockhamptoninfo.com.au/author-index
Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education (UICEE). The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Use hypertext link to access the publisher's webpage.
ISBN 1921047607
Conference name 19th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Location Yeppoon
Date From 2008-12-07
Date To 2008-12-10
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/23633
Date Accessioned 2009-01-29
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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