Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Innovations in Education and Teaching International

ISSN

14703297

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

School

School of Business and Law / Graduate Research School

RAS ID

34090

Comments

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in INNOVATIONS IN EDUCATION AND TEACHING INTERNATIONAL on 05/03/2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14703297.2020.1734477

Shan, H., Ayers, N., & Kiley, M. (2020). A comparison between the conceptionsof research of candidates enrolled for standard PhD and integrated PhD programmes. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 57(6), 736-745. https://doi.org/10.1080/14703297.2020.1734477

Abstract

© 2020, © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Conceptions of research, which lead to approaches to research, provide useful insights into how candidates think about research. In terms of doctoral candidate development, understanding and appreciating these various conceptions can assist in supporting candidate learning. This study evaluated differences in conceptions of research between PhD candidates commencing at an Australian university in the standard PhD programme, and those in a new structured programme termed the Integrated PhD. An online survey was distributed to both cohorts and as the findings showed, respondents’ conceptions of research were not significantly different for most categories, except Research as testing by data/experiment. Other key differences between the cohorts included their motivations for undertaking a PhD and the type of learning assistance required. The results highlight the need for structured support to help develop candidates’ understandings of knowledge creation and to recognise the variations in candidates’ conceptions of research and hence their research learning approaches.

DOI

10.1080/14703297.2020.1734477

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