You write that, “Usher (2002) indicated that Professional Doctorate programs are training future employees for the knowledge economy”. Yet then you citeTennant (2004) who “described that “relevance no longer equates with the ‘application’ of knowledge ‘to’ the workplace, rather, the workplace itself is seen as site of learning, knowledge and knowledge production”. How do you reconcile the ‘futureness’ of Usher with the ‘presentness’ of Tennant?
I agree with Tennant for the same reasons I think that Usher (as presented in the citation) is erroneous. Those on professional doctorate programmes are not preparing for their future careers. They are already in those careers (albeit at a lower status) and are doing the knowledge work already.