In the opening article, readers were encouraged not to overlook publication through practitioner outlets. Practitioner publications were described as those which are targeted toward individuals working in their respective field, include information meant to help in the daily practice of engaging in those fields, and which may include some citations, references, and peer-review but often not as many or to the extent of academic, scholarly periodicals. However, an appropriate next question is, “How do I determine the rigor and excellence of a practitioner publication?”
People in 1985 and later have never lived in a world without personal computers. These are the students that have been described as “digital natives.” Most faculty are what would call “digital immigrants.” They have had to learn the use of personal computers and the internet as they went along. As faculty, we are now faced with the challenge of how to cope with these digital natives.
Doctoral education is increasingly adapting to modern cultural movements, which gives rise to questions of quality, purpose, and alignment of programs with current trends. Dr. Ryan Rominger, Associate University Research Chair, discusses how University of Phoenix meets the call to expand doctoral education beyond its traditionally viewed constraints. This article provides part 1 of a 2-part series exploring how UOPX aligns with the main themes found within The Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s report titled The Responsive Ph.D.
In many cases, academics engaged in research will craft an articulate, tantalizing article expounding upon the results and implications of a study. Once the article is crafted, revised, and honed, the researcher or team of researchers will (occasionally with prayers on bended knee) send off the article to a top tier academic/scholarly journal. Some of these articles even get published. However, there is another category of publications which many authors may be missing, and which may be more in alignment with one’s profession or have more impact on one’s professional career. This category is dubbed, practitioner periodicals.