Title: Role of doctoral education in shaping minds and thinking: reflection on my doctoral education at Case Western Reserve University
Authors: Khalid Rasheed Al-Adeem
Addresses: King Saud University, P.O. Box 71678, AlDereyahd 11597, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Abstract: Earning a doctorate entails the learning of skills necessary to investigate the underlying truth of issues and exposure to epistemology that portrays reality. Subscribing to a certain epistemology and training plays a pivotal role in the perception students develop once they become an accounting academic. Doctoral studies, generally, focus on pre-setting students' minds to utility and convincing them of the usability of prescribed meta-theory. However, preparing a thoughtful and independent scholar mandates multiplicity in research methodologies and methods to broaden the academic's ontological horizon. Thus, in addition to discussing the philosophies of running a PhD program in accounting, in this essay, I highlight a PhD program that broadens students' perspectives.
Keywords: accounting doctoral education; paradigm; positive accounting science; publishing; journals; multiplicity; research methodologies; research methods; philosophy; research; Kuhnian interpretation; Case Western Reserve University.
International Journal of Critical Accounting, 2017 Vol.9 No.5/6, pp.494 - 513
Received: 22 Dec 2016
Accepted: 11 Sep 2017
Published online: 09 Mar 2018 *