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The Formation of Scholars: Rethinking Doctoral Education for the Twenty-First Century

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This groundbreaking book explores the current state of doctoral education in the United States and offers a plan for increasing the effectiveness of doctoral education. Programs must grapple with questions of purpose. The authors examine practices and elements of doctoral programs and show how they can be made more powerful by relying on principles of progressive developme ...more
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Published June 19th 2012 by Jossey-Bass (first published January 1st 2008)
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Steven Peterson
Sep 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title for my review is the subtitle of this work, sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The focus of this book is to explore what it takes to form scholars from the raw material of graduate students in doctoral programs.

Tasks to be carried out to create effective scholars include the development of professional identities among students, to encourage scholarly integration (developing linkages among teaching, service, and research), development of intellectual
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Jeff
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I begin my own journey into doctoral education, this was a very interesting read about the current state of doctoral education. Organized around Carnegie Mellon University's Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate (CID), the author puts forth the CID's thoughts on the evolution of how doctoral coursework and the dissertation are presented. How much time do doctoral programs spend talking about their purpose? What is the purpose of doctoral education?

Written as a pseudo-textbook, it presents dat
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Elizabeth
As reviewed by Arthur B. Ellis in "Getting a Doctoral Degree: An overview of action and research programs concerning U.S. doctoral education" in the 25 August 2008 issue of Chemical & Engineering News.

I suppose this is an update to Max Weber's "Science as a Vocation".
ReImagine Science
The Carnegie Foundation sponsored a multi-year study of the doctoral training process for a number of different disciplines. Several science departments (both Chemistry and Neuroscience) went through this self-assessment process. The suggestions the cohorts came up with should not surprise you, and the cost of utilizing the approaches espoused by these authors is minimal and well worth the time and effort. A good start to institutional transformation.
Kristin
Recommended to me by Henning...I read this quickly before joining the Provisional Graduate Education Council as my University was restructuring it's graduate school.

My Tweet: Examine purpose with mirrors, lenses and windows. Consider community, apprenticeship and progression to go from experience to expertise.
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