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When the Governmental Tail Wags the Disciplinary Dog: Some Consequences of National Funding Policy on Doctoral Research in New Zealand

Kaylene Sampson ; Keith Comer (Institutionen för tillämpad informationsteknologi, Centrum för fackspråk och kommunikation (Chalmers))
Higher Education Research and Development (0729-4360). Vol. 29 (2010), 3, p. 275-289.
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This paper explores disciplinary approaches to knowledge production and the supervision of doctoral students in the context of New Zealand's current Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF). In the last decade New Zealand has experienced significant changes to the way doctoral students are funded by central government. Funding has moved away from a "head count" model to one that rewards specific performance criteria of staff and timely completion of students. In the new regime, research outputs by way of peer reviewed publications, conference presentations, grant awards, postgraduate completions and so forth constitute the significant markers of such performance. Yet in general terms, the production of knowledge varies considerably by academic discipline. This paper uses qualitative methods to explore the potential for the PBRF to privilege some approaches to knowledge production (and models of doctoral supervision) while challenging the viability of others.

Nyckelord: Foreign Countries; Intellectual Disciplines; Educational Finance; Educational Change; Graduate Students; Doctoral Programs; Supervision; Employment Practices; Context Effect; Performance Based Assessment; Financial Support; Productivity; Knowledge Management; Economic Factors; College Role; Government School Relationship



Denna post skapades 2012-09-18.
CPL Pubid: 163553

 

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Institutionen för tillämpad informationsteknologi, Centrum för fackspråk och kommunikation (Chalmers) (2009-2011)

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