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Should we train scientific generalists?

Sarma, Gopal (2014) Should we train scientific generalists? [Preprint]

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Abstract

I examine the topic of training scientific generalists. To focus the discussion, I propose the creation of a new graduate program, analogous in structure to existing MD/PhD programs, aimed at training a critical mass of scientific researchers with substantial intellectual breadth. In addition to completing the normal requirements for a PhD, students would undergo an intense, several year training period designed to expose them to the core vocabulary of multiple subjects at the graduate level. After providing some historical and philosophical context for this proposal, I outline how such a program could be implemented with little institutional overhead by existing research universities. Finally, I discuss alternative possibilities for training generalists by taking advantage of contemporary developments in online learning and open science.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Sarma, Gopalgopalsarma@outlook.com
Subjects: General Issues > Science Education
General Issues > Science Policy
Depositing User: Dr. Gopal Sarma
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2014 21:48
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2014 21:48
Item ID: 11060
Subjects: General Issues > Science Education
General Issues > Science Policy
Date: 5 October 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11060

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