Impacts of a professional practice doctorate: a collaborative enquiry

Boud, David ORCID logoORCID:, Costley, Carol ORCID logoORCID:, Marshall, Steve and Sutton, Brian ORCID logoORCID: (2021) Impacts of a professional practice doctorate: a collaborative enquiry. Higher Education Research and Development, 40 (3) . pp. 431-445. ISSN 0729-4360 [Article] (doi:10.1080/07294360.2020.1765744)

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Doctoral education aims to benefit those who undertake it, but does it exert a wider influence? Professional doctorates are commonly designed to have an impact beyond the individual concerned, but is this influence realised? This paper focuses on a collaborative enquiry by a group of academics and doctoral alumni from non-discipline-specific professional doctorates. The enquiry examined how the professional practice of the graduates changed as a result of their studies and what influence this had on their work and their profession. It found that there was considerable impact on the wider context of the alumni, but that these effects were due more to the capacity-building effect of the doctorate than on the particular outcomes of the study undertaken.

Key words: doctoral education, research impact, collaborative enquiry, professional practice

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Work and Learning Research Centre
Item ID: 29742
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Higher Education Research and Development on 21 May 2020, available online:
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Depositing User: Carol Costley
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2020 08:37
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 17:55

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