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Back to basics : a consideration of the purposes of the Ph.D. viva.

Jackson, C. and Tinkler, P. (2001) Back to basics : a consideration of the purposes of the Ph.D. viva. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 26 (4). pp. 355-366. ISSN 0260-2938

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Abstract

This paper examines the roles and significance of the viva in the doctoral examination process. More specifically, it addresses the following question-what purposes does the viva serve in the PhD assessment process? Discussion focuses upon (1) the roles of the viva as delineated within university policy; and (2) the purposes of the viva from the perspectives of examiners, supervisors and doctoral candidates. The findings suggest that, whether viewed in terms of institutional statements, or in terms of the perspectives of academics or candidates, there is no consensus regarding the roles of the viva in the PhD examination process. Moreover, our research reveals that there are inconsistencies and contradictions concerning the purposes of the viva, both at the levels of policy and practice.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 13830
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 03 Oct 2008 09:27
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:12
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13830

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