Graduate attribute development and employment outcomes: Tracking PhD graduates

Manathunga, Catherine, Pitt, Rachael and Critchley, Christa (2009) Graduate attribute development and employment outcomes: Tracking PhD graduates. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 34 1: 91-103.

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Author Manathunga, Catherine
Pitt, Rachael
Critchley, Christa
Title Graduate attribute development and employment outcomes: Tracking PhD graduates
Journal name Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-297X
0260-2938
Publication date 2009-02
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02602930801955945
Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 91
End page 103
Total pages 13
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 13 Education
16 Studies in Human Society
C1
Abstract The provision of diversified research training is regarded as one of the most significant contributions made by the Australian Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) programme [Howard Partners 2003, Evaluation of the cooperative research centres programme, Department of Education, Science and Training, Canberra, ACT]. Yet, a systematic evaluation of Australia's CRC research training programmes and outcomes has not yet been undertaken. This article reports on a pilot questionnaire designed to provide the beginnings of such an evaluation. Participants were science-based research graduates who were awarded with a PhD within the four-year period 2000-2003 and had completed the majority of their PhD project either in a university school or in a CRC environment. The questionnaire results provide insights into participants' perceptions of the graduate attributes they developed prior to and during their PhD studies. It also investigates their perceptions about the relative importance of particular skills in university and industry settings. This article argues that understanding the perceptions and employment experiences of recent research graduates is a vital way of ensuring that PhD programmes are more effectively designed to prepare research graduates for a range of careers. In particular, these results confirm the importance of constant re-evaluation and improvement of all PhD training programmes.
Keyword Graduate attributes
Graduate outcomes
Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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