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Professor Yamamoto reports on Forces and Forms – Kassel conference

The meeting which was titled “The Policy Potential of Innovation and Research in Graduate Education” focused mainly on the issue of inequality and diversity of doctoral education around the world. The participants discussed these matters in a very enthusiastic manner after the presentations of selected participants and guest speakers. Unlike pure academic meetings, we have prepared no individual papers but …

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Daily Report – Day 4 – Thursday, March 26

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“The risks are worth taking” – Alex Quintanilha Today in the hometown of the Brothers Grimm (Kassel), scholars from around the world took some risks. They grappled with “Promoting Intellectual Risk-Taking Under Conditions of Globalization”—the focus of Task Force Three. The blustery, occasionally rainy morning started with a high-risk, high-drama report from Task Force. They displayed their acting skills through …

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Daily Report – Day 3 – Wednesday, March 25

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“What actions could you take tomorrow as administrators to point us in a new direction for graduate education?” – Forces and Forms III Early Career Researchers, March 25, 2009 Just as the weather warmed up today, so did the pace and intensity of action-oriented discussion about key issues in doctoral education worldwide. The day started with constructive challenges in the …

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Daily Report – Day 2 – Tuesday, March 24

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Today snow alternated with sunshine. Inside, a flurry of comments, ideas and recommendations from workshop participants brightened the topic du jour: internationalization and inequality in doctoral education. By Friday, participants will finalize new policy recommendations and action steps about this topic and others. The day started with a progress report from the hard-working, 14-member Task Force One. They asked all …

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Daily Report – Day 1 – Monday, March 23

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“At Kassel, we move from analysis to action —we’re going public.” Sixty representatives from six continents met today in Kassel, Germany to position doctoral education as a more powerful force for addressing the world’s challenges. Despite cold rain outside, warmth and collegiality characterized interactions between attendees, some of whom had not seen each other since the previous Forces and Forces …

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NSF Welcome – Carol Stoel

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Welcome to the first day of the conference! Despite being unable to join us, Carol Stoel, from the NSF, was kind enough to prerecord a welcome statement for us. Her speech, which will be played at the conference this morning, will serve as a welcome to those of you who are following along via the Internet.

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