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Type: Conference paper
Title: Why don't more ICT students do PhDs?
Author: Guerin, C.
Jayatilaka, A.
Calder, P.
McCulloch, A.
Ranasinghe, D.
Citation: Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series, 2015 / D'Souza, D., Falkner, K. (ed./s), vol.160, pp.73-80
Publisher: Australian Computer Society Inc.
Issue Date: 2015
Series/Report no.: Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT)
ISBN: 9781921770425
ISSN: 1445-1336
Conference Name: 17th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2015) (27 Jan 2015 - 30 Jan 2015 : Sydney, Australia)
Editor: D'Souza, D.
Falkner, K.
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Cally Guerin, Asangi Jayatilaka, Paul Calder, Alistair McCulloch, Damith Ranasinghe
Abstract: Compared to many other disciplines, ICT has relat ively few students choosing to continue into doctoral studies. We have explored some of the perceived barriers to undertaking doctoral studies in ICT in three Australian universities. Current students were surveyed to establish their post-course intentions regarding employment and further study. Their reasons for not choosing to go onto research degrees were linked largely to concerns about the financial implications of such study and a limited understanding of what research in ICT involves. We recommend that ICT students be given accurate informat ion about the costs involved, that students have authentic undergraduate experiences of research, and that smooth pathways be developed to allow students to return to doctoral studies after working in industry.
Keywords: Information and Communication Technology (ICT), doctoral education, motivations, barriers
Rights: Copyright © 2015, Australian Computer Society, Inc. This paper appeared at the 17th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2015), Sydney, Australia, January 2015. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), Vol. 160. D. D'Souza and K. Falkner, Eds. Reproduction for academic, not-for-profit purposes permitted provided this text is included.
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