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The challenge of a distance learning professional doctorate in education

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Abstract

This article summarises research into the effectiveness of a distance learning doctorate in education (EdD). Drawing on an emerging literature which attempts to conceptualise professional doctorates as distinctive from the PhD, we developed a case-study approach to investigate the EdD student experience. Four themes emerge which are developed into a model of professional outcomes: professionalisation; professional change; bridging the academic/professional divide; and professional self-esteem. We argue none of these outcomes would have been achieved so effectively for these distance students without a highly structured but flexible support system.

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