The Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University offers a one-year pre-doctoral programme in conjunction with its programme of support for its Doctoral scholars comprising doctoral weeks and online communication. Thus, in addition to the Doctoral scholars in the programme, there are a number of Pre-Docs. Pre-Docs are people who join the programme without being registered students and are thus guests at the University.
There are a number of reasons for people being Pre-Docs rather than registered Doctoral scholars. Pre-Docs may elect to participate in the programme in this more informal manner because they are unsure of their research field or topic and use the programme as a mechanism of support through which to determine this. Alternatively Pre-Docs may be advised to join the programme because they are new to the field of Education or a particular specialisation within the field and need the additional time to become familiar with this or to grapple with conceptual and theoretical issues.
The Pre-Doc programme comprises participation in the online forum, attendance at a research design week and at three Doc Weeks which run over the course of the year. The programme includes formal assessment throughout the year whereby Pre-Docs get formative feedback on their work as they prepare for possible PhD study.
There are numerous benefits associated with participation in the programme such as having a community of fellow researchers with whom to engage, having access to a forum to present one’s ideas and plans and having access to various resources.
The Pre-Doc year contributes to Pre-Docs being able to:
More information about the 2020 programme is available here: Pre-Doc In Higher Education Studies_2020
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