Industrial Research and Development in Australia: Towards a Reappraisal of PhD Education

Year: 1986

Author: Sekhon, J. Gurcharan

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The availability of highly trained ability is an all-important determinant of industrial innovation. As the intake into the industries of this country of PhD graduates is disturbingly small , the appropriateness of the present format of PhD education is questioned. The paper reports an empirical, factual study of the Phn education of mathematicians for industry. The attitudes and views of industrialists, PhD employees, and academics were tapped through questionnaire and interview surveys administered nationally. The research model used and the conclusions and recommendations are generalisable to other disciplines. The case for an alternative route to doctoral status is made.

Besides documenting the results of the survey of the environment for ARE, the paper focuses attention on the initiation, development, implementation and evaluation of a workshop on "Discipline in Schools". Through si~lation and other activities, participants were exposed to the complexity and non-intuitiveness of research, as well as its potentials and limitations, especially in school-based action research.