n South African Journal of Higher Education - Doctoral career path studies : exchanging paradigms across international borders : leading article

Volume 28, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This article explores four doctoral education studies conducted in the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK) and France, and by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which were presented at the 2012 European Alliance on Research Career Development workshop. These studies were directed towards research funding agencies elaborating new theoretical and methodological insights in this emerging field of doctoral career path studies. What questions did these studies choose to foreground? The studies revealed a general silence about matters of power, hierarchy and marginalisation of doctoral education instead highlighting more pragmatic operational and institutional considerations. The article generates a set of expanding questions to ask about how the agendas of doctoral career path studies are being constructed and in whose interests they are designed and supported. The article also offers alternate conceptions of the notion of development, freedoms and significance when evaluating such research agendas, especially for developing world contexts.

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