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      Professional doctorates: A pathway to legitimacy for non-academic HE professionals?

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            This article discusses the current challenges faced by the two authors – both participants on a professional doctorate (PD) programme in education at a leading UK university – in gaining legitimacy as higher education (HE) professionals. By: (1) reflecting upon their own professional experiences in HE and as PD students; (2) utilizing semi-structured interviews with academic and non-academic professionals from their home institutions (in Ireland and India); and (3) drawing on Celia Whitchurch's typologies of 'third-space' HE professionalism, they found that in Ireland the current reform of the HE policy and praxis environment offers some real and positive opportunities for PD participants through the emergence of more progressive models of HE professionalism. In contrast, the relative lack of reform and a highly regulated Indian HE environment, presents ongoing difficulties in terms of applying one's PD learning in the work environment. This suggests that in India, PD graduates might, in fact, be afforded greater career progression opportunities by transitioning to a more traditional academic role.

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            10430
            London Review of Education
            IOE Press
            1474-8460
            27 March 2018
            : 16
            : 1
            : 75-89
            Article
            1474-8460(20180327)16:1L.75;1- s8.phd /ioep/clre/2018/00000016/00000001/art00008
            10.18546/LRE.16.1.08
            66a68402-99fc-457f-b460-630a78c03ac6
            Copyright @ 2018
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            Articles - The EdD at 20: Lessons learned from professional doctorates

            Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,Educational research & Statistics,General education
            HE PROFESSIONAL,PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATES,'THIRD-SPACE' HE PROFESSIONALS,NON-ACADEMIC,HIGHER EDUCATION

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