Learning styles, and the fallibility of grown ups - Sally's Journal
Learning styles, and the fallibility of grown ups|
|Date:||December 12th, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)|| |
As someone who's both co-supervised and examined PhDs, I can tell you it's very definitely non-zero. The funding councils like to think of it as training (which of course includes training in how to be a researcher) because it helps to persuade the government that it's doing something useful in funding ten times as many PhDs as we actually need in academia. But I'm afraid the research element is essential to getting a PhD.
Oh, I'm not disputing that. Trivially a PhD involves some research - how else could one be certain that the graduand could actually do research?
|Date:||December 12th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)|| |
OK. Well, I further assert that you can get a PhD without being able to do any of the peripheral stuff that you mentioned (writing papers, giving talks...), although in practice it's unusual, and it's obviously undesirable.