RETHINKING THE PHD

Broadening the Dissertation

As the core of the PhD, the doctoral dissertation is diversifying in its forms and content. This segment will provide resources, guidelines, examples, and reports to facilitate continuing dialogue on the topic.

Report of the CAGS Taskforce

On the Dissertation (September 2018)

Shifts in the academy and society over the last few decades have led to a world-wide conversation on rethinking approaches to the doctoral dissertation. This report offers an overview of the changes occurring in the dissertation and summarizes the consultations held with the Canadian graduate education community over the past two years. It concludes with a call to action for universities.

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Consultation Document

The Doctoral Dissertation (August 2016)

Informing the series of recommendations published in the final report above, this earlier document outlines CAGS’ nationwide consultation process to facilitate the conversation on the dissertation’s purpose, content, structure, and assessment.

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