Examination of student and staff experiences of an independent negotiated study approach to individual learning on a Professional Doctorate Programme

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Conference abstract:

Candidate and Graduate Experiences, Outcomes and Achievements
The nature of doctoral education has changed since the first ICPD conference held in London in 2009. The numbers of professional doctorate programmes available have increased dramatically in the UK; as have the numbers of participants and discussions at ICPD conferences. These increases have helped to raise the profile of professional doctorates across Europe. Most importantly the conferences have given the space to discuss and consider the place of such programmes in the context of further development of doctoral education.

Emphasising professional context
The professional doctorate now stands firmly as an appropriate and relevant qualification for enabling individuals to develop their research skills and particularly for advancing their profession and their professional practice. As a consequence of these developments, ICPD 2016 will attempt to emphasise the different ways in which professional doctorates can impact on those who complete them and on their professional context.

Themes of the conference
The main theme of the conference is the effect of professional doctorates on candidate and graduate academic and professional experiences, outcomes and achievements in the workplace and more widely. Within this broad agenda it is intended to arrange the conference around the following sub-themes:
cultural, social and resource perspectives; curriculum development; pedagogy; quality assurance, and professional impact.

The Steering Group for the conference particularly hopes that academic and professional supervisors and advisers will encourage their professional doctoral candidates and graduates to attend this conference and share their experiences with other delegates.

The conference organisers hope to compile a portfolio of impact case studies for publication. Where possible, contributors are requested to provide a case study with their conference contribution.

There will be an opportunity for conference papers to be worked up and published in a journal. We have approached the journal 'Studies in Continuing Education' and are in the process of negotiating a special issue that is related to the theme of the conference. There is also an opportunity to publish in the Work Based Learning e-journal International.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2016
Event5th International Conference on Professional Doctorates - Titanic Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Mar 201616 Mar 2016
Conference number: 5


Conference5th International Conference on Professional Doctorates
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • curriculum development
  • pedagogy


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