Doctoral education shapes the academy – what shapes doctoral education?

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Abstract

For universities all over the world, the strategic importance of doctoral education has increased over the last decades. Both locally and internationally we can observe growing activity in three interrelated areas of doctoral education: policy, knowledge formation and practice. Doctoral education is moving and has become a concern for the field of educational development. In a recent Swedish report on quality and leadership in doctoral education1 we elaborate on the many different ways in which doctoral education is essential for the regeneration, legitimacy and development of the academy and all its practices. We also describe how doctoral education to a large extent is built upon and integrated with other academic practices; primarily research but also undergraduate education and public outreach, and as a consequence is highly dependent on the organisation, infrastructure and quality enhancing processes of these. This reciprocal relationship and interdependence between the academy and doctoral education is under-studied and recent and future changes to doctoral education, at the policy as well as at the practice level, could mean considerable and unpredictable consequence for the academy. In our report we identify an on-going shift in power over Swedish doctoral education – away from the academy and towards the political arenas and funding bodies. This shift has reshaped both content and form of doctoral education. There is a marked risk that such changes could undermine the academy’s capacity to fulfil its mission. In this paper we will discuss conditions and recent developments that is currently shaping doctoral education in Sweden and describe the mechanisms at work. We will end by addressing a few areas of particular concern for educational development 1Elmgren, M., Forsberg, E., Lindberg-Sand, Å. & Sonesson, A. (2014). Ledning för kvalitet i forskarutbildningen. Sweden, The Association of Swedish Higher Education, www.suhf.se

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Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Utbildningsvetenskap
Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)274-274
TidskriftICED 2014. Educational Developments in a Changing World: Abstracts
StatusPublished - 2014
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa
EvenemangConference of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED), 2014 - Stockholm, Sverige
Varaktighet: 2014 jun 162014 jun 18
Konferensnummer: 10th