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Peer relationships and the biomedical doctorate: a key component of the contemporary learning environment

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Little attention has been paid to the scholarship of doctoral education in the biomedical sciences, hindering the formulation of research-informed improvements to this important area of higher education. We present an analysis of interview data from Australian PhD students and suggest that relationships between students and their ‘non-supervisor’ peers are critical to student learning.
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Keywords: PhD; biomedical; doctoral education; learning; peer; socialisation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Women's and Infants’ Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia 2: The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and Cancer Research Program, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia 3: Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Publication date: August 1, 2013

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