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Delivering professional doctorate education: challenges and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

Tucker, MP, Wilson, HK, Hannibal, C, Lawless, A and Qu, Z (2021) Delivering professional doctorate education: challenges and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. SHS Web of Conferences, 99. ISSN 2261-2424

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Professional Doctorates have similar attributes of a PhD, but are arguably not as universally known. Moreover, professional doctorates have an added level of complexity, as students become scholar-practitioners by ensuring that they make a significant contribution to professional practice. However, professional doctorate education is often challenging due to the lack of research preparedness of professional doctorate students, who typically have been away from higher education for a number of years. Although these students may have built astute business mind sets, it could be argued that their approach to scholarly research is less so. So to achieve engaged scholarship that enables professional doctorate students to become scholar practitioners, it is crucial to create the correct learning environment. Using the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at Liverpool Business School, UK, as a case study, the ability to deliver professional doctorate education is explored, and pertinently the challenge and experience of how the teaching and learning environment has transitioned since the COVID-10 pandemic is evaluated. Finally, key lessons are outlined as to how to design professional doctorate programmes that are resilient to disruptions to conventional teaching and learning practices.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Business & Management (from Sep 19)
Publisher: EDP Sciences
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2021 13:00
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2024 16:15
DOI or ID number: 10.1051/shsconf/20219901012
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14743
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