The search for a pedagogy for postgraduate education in the emerging profession of project management

Todhunter, Barrie James (2003) The search for a pedagogy for postgraduate education in the emerging profession of project management. In: 1st International Conference on Pedagogies and Learning: New Meanings for a New Millennium, 1-4 Oct 2003 , Toowoomba, Australia.

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This paper considers the pedagogical issues of professional education in distance mode for project management. There has been little educational research carried out on the issues associated with adult learners returning to higher education for continuing professional education. Postgraduate educational research is mostly limited to research programs, with little recognition of the specific needs of experienced practitioners returning to study in coursework Master’s degrees. The variables that impact on the effectiveness of postgraduate professional education are numerous and are related to the requirements of the profession, the constraints imposed by educational institutions, and the needs of the individual learner.

In formulating a conceptual framework for evaluation of educational programs for project management, this exploratory research suggests that existing programs in postgraduate project management are ineffective and inappropriate for an emerging profession. A literature review has been carried out on project management education, and interviews have been carried out with representatives of the major stakeholders, and these have indicated a need for detailed research into the relationships between the needs of stakeholders and the development of theory relating to postgraduate project management education.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Unpublished. The authors retain individual copyright of their own papers.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2010 05:01
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 05:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: project management, education, pedagogy, professional, adult learning, postgraduate, higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development

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