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Doctoral Education for Future Generations

"Improving doctoral education is the lynchpin for higher education reform, and in this spirit The Formation of Scholars was built from an unusual process in which faculty-student teams from corresponding departments in participating institutions were brought together to share experiences. The results provide new guidance toward creating teaching and research scholars who are also 'stewards of the discipline.' This book should be required reading for those who care about higher education."
—Don Kennedy, president emeritus, Stanford University and former editor-in-chief, Science

"The strength of doctoral education in the U.S. lies in its willingness to continually reinvent itself. That reinvention hinges crucially on performance of both the faculty delivering the program of study and graduate deans who structure the right incentives and generate the right resources to ensure the highest possible quality experience for students. The Formation of Scholars provides extraordinarily rich insights into the thinking of students and faculty across six fields as they reflect on program goals, program effectiveness, and the program's capacity to reinvent itself in positive and productive ways. The CID project has made a lasting contribution to the toolbox of graduate deans as they do their part to reinvent doctoral education to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century."
—Debra W. Stewart, president, Council of Graduate Schools

"The ideas in The Formation of Scholars are great conversation starters with faculty and administrative colleagues involved in doctoral education. This terrific volume is delightfully written, informative, thoughtful, and thought-provoking. It will be a wonderful resource for effecting change in one of the most dynamic and important parts of the educational enterprise—preparation of the Ph.D."

—Suzanne Ortega, vice provost and graduate dean, University of Washington

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Editorial Reviews

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The book shows how doctoral education has evolved, how graduate programs take a hard look at themselves, and the specific change practices attempted by participating departments… Together, the chapters offer guidelines for surviving and thriving as a college teacher. (The Journal of Continuing Higher Ed, 06/08)
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Meet the Author

The Authors

George E. Walker is vice president for research and dean of the University Graduate School at Florida International University. He served as senior scholar and director of the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Chris M. Golde is associate vice provost for graduate education at Stanford University. She served as senior scholar and research director for the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Laura Jones is director of heritage services and university archaeologist at Stanford University. She served as senior scholar and director of the Community Program at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Andrea Conklin Bueschel is senior program officer with the Spencer Foundation.

Pat Hutchings is vice president of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, working closely with a wide range of programs and research initiatives.

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Table of Contents


About the Authors.

Foreword by Lee S. Shulman.

1. Moving Doctoral Education into the Future.

2. Setting the Stage for Change.

3. Talking About Purpose: Mirrors, Lenses, and Windows.

4. From Experience to Expertise: Principles of Powerful Formation.

5. Apprenticeship Reconsidered.

6. Creating and Sustaining Intellectual Community.

7. A Call to Action.

Appendix A: Summary Description of the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate.

Appendix B: List of Participating Departments.

Appendix C: Overview of the Surveys.

Appendix D: Graduate Student Survey.

Appendix E: Graduate Faculty Survey.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

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