ERIC Number: ED394412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun-29
Reference Count: N/A
The Future of the Classified Honours Degree. Proceedings of the National Conference (London, England, United Kingdom, June 29, 1993).
Winter, Richard, Ed.
These proceedings addressed the question of the future of the classified honors degree in the United Kingdom with emphasis on improvements and alternatives. The meeting addressed four main issues: (1) the current presentation of final results in terms of only four categories (first, upper and lower second, and third class honors); (2) concerns about the reliability and validity of the decision-making procedures that allocate individual students to categories within the classification system; (3) the question of norm-referenced or criterion-referenced assessment; and (4) possible conflicts of interest between students, who desire detailed documentation of individual achievement, and employers who demand simple labels to facilitate processing. Keynote speakers represented academia, government, and employers and included Geoffrey Alderman, Tim Boswell, Margaret Murray, and Richard Winter. A summary of conclusions of discussion groups is also presented as is a satirical response by Laurie Taylor. Another section contains the written comments from conference participants. Background papers included in the document included: "Distinctions of Class" (a London Times editorial); "An End to the Class System?" (Geoffrey Alderman); "University of London Academic Council Working Group on the Classification of First Degrees: Final Report"; "Education or Grading: Arguments for a Non-Subdivided Honors Degree" (Richard Winter); and "Graduate Employment and Degree Class" (Jason Tarsh). Contains a listing of conference attendees. (NVA)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Employment, London (England). Further and Higher Education Branch.
Authoring Institution: Society for Research into Higher Education, Ltd., London (England).; London Univ. (England).; Anglia Polytechnic Univ., Cambridge (England)
Identifiers: United Kingdom