Re: [xmca] Degree Program's for advanced scholars

From: Joce Nuttall (
Date: Sun Mar 18 2007 - 15:01:06 PST

Hi Mike, and others

Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) has a similar PhD model to many UK universities, in that there is no taught (i.e. coursework) component(although there are postgrad coursework units in theory, methodology, etc, available for students who want or need this component). The PhD program is based on the model of one candidate attached to 1 (or 2) supervisors, with closely structured, regular supervision. We also take every opportunity to bring postgrads together (for all the excellent reasons CHAT would help us describe and explain). This type of program structure allows candidates with good honours degrees or masters to go straight into developing their thesis.

There is an active and lively group of scholars at Monash engaging in CHAT-informed research, particularly in early childhood education, including the early years of schooling. External candidature is common, and many of our doctoral candidates are studying at a distance, including Zimbabwe, New Zealand, and the Seychelles.

Note that this isn't an advert for Monash's programs! Most Aus and NZ universities offer this type of PhD model. Just confirmation that there are places where the prior experience and understandings that Mike describes are seen as a common lead-in to a PhD.

Joce Nuttall

Mike Cole <> wrote:>
> Dear Colleagues--
> I have had a few inquiries from people who have had bachelor's degrees
> for
> some time
> or masters degrees in some relevant field who are interested in finding a
> grad program
> (in education, psychology, communication, sociology -- the range of
> disiplines spanned by
> CHAT approaches) that would not make them go back to square one but would
> count their
> social capital and allow them to get a phd by writing a thesis and
> perhaps
> doing minimal
> additional work.
> UCSD is very up tight about such arrangements, but how uptight differs by
> department. I am
> wondering what the range of options is out there in XMCA-land. Are
> university departments
> in other countries perhaps different in this way than the US? (Canada?
> Great
> Britain? Denmark?
> Finland?.....
> Could you post your answer to xmca? I am pretty sure the concern is not
> entirely parochial.
> mike
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