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The challenge of a distance learning professional doctorate in education

Sieminski, Sandy and Butcher, John (2006). The challenge of a distance learning professional doctorate in education. Open Learning, 21(1) pp. 59–69.

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This article summarises research into the effectiveness of a distance learning doctorate in education (EdD). Drawing on an emerging literature which attempts to conceptualise professional doctorates as distinctive from the PhD, we developed a case-study approach to investigate the EdD student experience. Four themes emerge which are developed into a model of professional outcomes: professionalisation; professional change; bridging the academic/professional divide; and professional self-esteem. We argue none of these outcomes would have been achieved so effectively for these distance students without a highly structured but flexible support system.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2006 Routledge
ISSN: 0268-0513
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Social Work
Health and Social Care
Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships (CICP)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 19717
Depositing User: Katy Gagg
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2010 13:19
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 12:23
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