Mesterházi Zsuzsa: Te Selection of Knowledge Content and the Process of Preparation for Research in the Special Needs Education Doctoral Programme
The current article provides an overview of the context in which the Special Needs Education Doctoral Programme was started in 2010 at the Faculty of Psychology and Education at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest. Furthermore, the paper provides a comprehensive description of the structure of the BA, MA and Ph.D. programmes. The author also emphasizes the importance of the development of special needs education science in the process of framing the doctoral programme. In addition, the article presents the main characteristics of the modular qualification structure, describes the areas of the interdisciplinary knowledge content, lists the scientific approaches and methods employed, and identifies the key elements of the process by which the students become researchers (such as theoretical knowledge building, planning and research, research management, research methodology, ethics, criteria for the publication of research results). The author shows various forms of collaboration between supervisors and Ph.D. students and numerous ways in which personalized learning paths are planned and supported. The article also presents the practical implications of the five-year long accreditation period, of the faculty’s participation in the qualifications development project (SROP 4.2.2.) and the role of the international relations of the Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Needs Education in the doctoral programme.
Keywords: doctoral programme, qualification levels, modular qualification structure, researcher in
formation, special needs education science, disability science