John Bowden

John Bowden
RMIT University | RMIT · Vice-Chancellery

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Throughout the PhD journey, candidates face numerous decisions that determine the success and the integrity of their doctoral experience and outcomes. What steers such decision-making is a vital question. This chapter presents a robust ethical structure, the moral compass framework (MCF) for professional integrity, to guide decision-making in docto...
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The complex challenge of writing a PhD demands an understanding of the nature of writing and the building of a writing arsenal of practical strategies. This highly practical chapter looks at writing as meaning making, social practice and research. The nature of the PhD thesis is examined in terms of purpose, referencing, academic style, integrity,...
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Beginning with a review of moral development research, we elaborate our moral compass framework (MCF) for professional integrity, through examination of doctoral work scenarios. Resolution of wicked problems depends upon both individual and collective morality, with decision-makers mindful of a range of possible perspectives. Ways of coping with co...
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The capacity to successfully conduct independent research is a keystone of PhD candidature. While candidates must demonstrate this capacity to examiners, they must also learn to engage in creative and ethical teamwork, if they are to graduate as successful research professionals. Joint publication of academic work provides an opportunity to address...
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What does it mean to be ‘doing a PhD’? There is no short answer to this question, as the PhD journey means different things to different individuals. Research pathways can take many different directions, various issues emerge along the way depending on the individual and the situation, and negotiation of relationships takes on many forms. Furthermo...
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The missing link in doctoral education is connected moral capability. This chapter unpacks this statement, to further unravel what it means to act with integrity within a complex system that comprises interaction between a range of individuals with varying perspectives, capabilities and behaviours. According to our moral compass framework (MCF) act...
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Completion mindsets and completion contexts are essential elements within the PhD endeavour. In short, what is vital is a shared focus between candidate and the supervisory team on completion of the research and thesis, as well as a supportive environment related to resources and the research culture. What we mean by the completion mindset is clari...
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The conduct of independent research that makes a significant contribution to knowledge, along with the communication of the research outcomes in a coherent thesis, are the central activities within the PhD. The ways in which doctoral research, and indeed all research, is conducted must be in keeping with the published (normally national) codes of r...
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This chapter revisits our moral compass framework (MCF) and broadens its application to contexts beyond the PhD, in business, social and political contexts. While PhD candidates are expected to demonstrate the capacity to conduct independent research that makes a significant contribution to knowledge, they must also be capable of operating within c...
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The changing nature of the PhD globally reveals much diversity in terms of PhD systems, doctoral contexts, postdoctoral employment destinations, and the impact of various national educational and economic policies across the world. The influences on the rapidly changing PhD system are examined in detail. One key influence is the impact of the knowl...
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The notion of ‘playing the PhD game’ introduces the main focus of the book: on working towards success, with integrity, within the PhD system. The nature of integrity, a significant thread throughout the book, is unravelled. The main motivations behind writing the book are presented in terms of research integrity and standards of research practices...
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This book focuses on integrity throughout the PhD journey and beyond, and is organised around two main themes: (1) integrity in relation to the capabilities developed by doctoral candidates for professional practice; and (2) integrity and coherence at the PhD system level. The working methods of key participants such as PhD candidates, supervisors,...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is as follows: locate our moral compass framework (Bowden and Green, 2014) within the moral development literature; demonstrate how the framework can be used to analyse complex system-wide problems; and propose change in doctoral education. Design/methodology/approach – This paper shows the analysis of transcrip...
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Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to design and explain a moral compass framework that informs decision-making by those engaged in shaping the doctoral education and supervision environment. Design/methodology/approach – The research involved analysis of transcripts of 50 interviews with a range of doctoral students and supervisors. The framew...
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This paper reports findings of a project titled Engineering Education for Social and Environmental Justice (EESEJ), which was funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. A multidisciplinary research team engaged in a range of activities, such as designing and implementing critical problem solving in undergraduate engineering courses and...
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The Threshold Capability Integrated Theoretical Framework (TCITF) is presented as a framework for the design of university curricula, aimed at developing graduates’ capability to deal with previously unseen situations in their professional, social, and personal lives. The TCITF is a new theoretical framework derived from, and heavily dependent upon...
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Purpose – Doctoral candidates are now located within a research context of performativity where the push to successfully complete in a timely manner is central. The purpose of this paper is to develop a model of completion mindset within a completion context to assist research students and supervisors. Design/methodology/approach – The research was...
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This chapter draws on my experience as a change agent in universities over three to four decades and is partly autobiographical. I appreciate the willingness of the Editors to allow me to write in such a reflective and discursive way. The chapter outlines a problem, posits some theoretical explanations but offers no concrete solution. The kind of c...
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Three propositions about quality learning when linked to the concept of graduate capability provide a framework for examining the extent to which learning outcomes are embedded within the provision of authentic learning environments, a focus on global issues, and the development of skills to support life-long learning. A case study in nursing at th...
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In the last decade or so there has been a proliferation of literature(s) concerning quality assurance (QA) in a variety of contexts. The literatures which have primary relevance to higher education span a range of disciplines or transdisciplines, including management science and development evaluation, organisational behaviour and change, and the s...
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It is important that students of physics develop both quantitative and qualitative understanding of physical concepts and principles. Although accuracy and reliability in solving quantitative problems is necessary, a qualitative understanding is required in applying concepts and principles to new problems and in real-life situations. If students ar...
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A single science textbook often provides the syllabus for courses at upper secondary and tertiary levels, and may be used as a principal source of information or explanation. The research reported in this article challenges such practices. The ways in which the concept, acceleration, is treated in physics textbooks is compared with understandings o...
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Student understanding of fundamental concepts in kinematics has been explored using the phenomenographic research method. University and high school physics students were interviewed and their understandings of displacement, velocity, and frames of reference have been analyzed in particular problem contexts. Descriptions of the different ways stude...
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Examined the influence of school environment, as defined by Australian 6th-form pupils (745 government, 380 Catholic, and 365 independent school pupils) from 50 schools, on approaches to learning (surface, deep, and achievement). The pupils' marks in the Victorian Certificate of Education examination were used as the outcome criterion. Analyses rel...
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This paper reports the attitudes of academics teaching languages other than English in Australian universities. The data are derived from a national survey in 1984 which asked a range of questions ranging from background details on students, characteristics of course structures, methods of teaching, and perceptions of the attitudes of students to n...
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This paper examines some important characteristics and values of Australian academics in universities and in colleges of advanced education, derived from a national study we conducted in 1978. The data are discussed under a number of headings: research interests and activities, teaching, qualifications and level of appointment, tenure, study leave,...
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Higher Education in Europa, vol. XXIV, Nº 2, 1999, p. 301-308. [ Traducción: Pedro D. Lafourcade. -Edición SDI. 1 – El contexto actual de la educación superior El contexto de la educación superior y la experiencia relacionada con la enseñanza y el aprendizaje, dentro de las universidades, están cambiando: ! Las clases son más numerosas y la poblaci...

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