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Bridging the information gap: A survey of politics and international relations PhD students in Australia

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Kefford, G and Morgenbesser, L, Bridging the information gap: A survey of politics and international relations PhD students in Australia, Australian Journal of Political Science, 48, (4) pp. 507-518. ISSN 1036-1146 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Australian Political Studies Association

DOI: doi:10.1080/10361146.2013.840431

Abstract

This article analyses the results of the first exclusive survey of politics and international relations PhD students in Australia. The survey was completed by 186 students from 22 universities. Students were asked 54 questions covering five areas: candidate choices, degree structure, research interests, workload pressures and the role of the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA). Our findings indicate that students base their choice of institution on preexisting personal relationships rather than university reputation or research expertise; want more coursework and methodological training; believe scholarship-application outcomes are not based on merit; feel they cannot meet the field’s workload expectations; and are unaware of APSA. This article raises important questions about the opportunities and support that individual academics, departments and university administrations provide to potential and existing students.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, Research, Political Science
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Political Science
Research Field:Political Science not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and Politics
Objective Field:Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
Author:Kefford, G (Dr Glenn Kefford)
ID Code:93503
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-08-06
Last Modified:2014-08-13
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