Quality and Equality in British Ph.D. Assessment

Morley, Louise, Leonard, Diana and David, Miriam (2003) Quality and Equality in British Ph.D. Assessment. Quality Assurance in Education, 11 (2). pp. 64-72. ISSN 0968-4883

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Abstract

This paper asks whether doctoral assessment has escaped the regulation of quality assurance procedures. Raising questions about the affective and micropolitical dimensions of an oral examination conducted in private, it explores how current concerns about quality assurance, standards, benchmarks and performance indicators in higher education apply to the assessment of doctoral/research degrees in Britain, and in particular to the viva voce examination. Successful PhD completion is a key performance indicator for universities and an important basis for the accreditation of their staff. Despite the rise of new managerialism, a general preoccupation with calculable standards and outcomes and an emphasis on student entitlements, transparency of decision making and information for ¿consumers¿, there still seems to be considerable variation, and some mystification, in how doctoral assessment is conducted and experienced. The massification of doctoral studies and the doubling in number of institutions awarding their own doctorates, post-1992, are both likely to increase product variety still further.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article won the 2004 Literati Award for Excellence
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Louise Morley
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:55
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2012 14:43
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28741
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