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Doctoral Education in Transition: Western Norway Graduate School of Education

November 20, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


The last ten years doctoral education has been changing based on a number of educational trends, digitalisation and the Bologna-process. This talk will focus on some of these areas within doctoral education and attempt to look at what new educational trends are being registered at the PhD level and how to relate to this as educational institutions, supervisors and candidates. In Norway the number of PhD’s has increased by 150% (4,000 to 10,000), since 2002. The majority of doctoral theses are based on a collection of research articles.

However, there is a lot happening in the PhD education internationally, and it feels that doctoral work is becoming increasingly similar (structurally) to other types of education (e.g. bachelor and master’s degree). When PhD education becomes more integrated into an education system’s other structures, the impact is to generalise the guidelines and regulations for all degrees. When PhD education becomes increasingly “mainstream”, one also moves away from the autonomous role that this education has had previously in our education system. When this happens, one mechanism affected is assessment as a management instrument.

This talk will focus on our rationale for re-establishing the Western Norway Graduate School of Educational Research (WNGER) and how this research school will meet the challenges of a doctoral education in transition. WNGER II will emphasize the guidelines, requirements and assessment criteria for doctoral theses and be more transparent and predictable for both doctoral candidates and supervisors. we need to look into whether some of the very high non-completion rate of PhDs is due to some starting a PhD without fully knowing what awaits them; mis-match of expectations, guidelines, requirements; research training and support; and assessment process and criteria


Dr.philos Rune Johan Krumsvik is Professor of Education, Head of Western Norway Graduate School of Research (WNGER II) and Head of the research group Digital Learning Communities (DLC) at University of Bergen. Krumsvik is also Professor II at Volda University College, Honorary Research Fellow at University of Bristol and former Head of the Department of Education, University of Bergen (2010-2017).



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