ERIC Number: ED282499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan-31
Reference Count: 0
Peer Review of Doctoral Dissertations as a Quality Control Mechanism: Some Methods and Examples.
The use of peer review as a way to improve dissertation quality is addressed. A data set involving ratings of 52 dissertations illustrates possible design and analytic choices that may be helpful in using a peer review model. Strategies for evaluating rating consistency and validity are covered, along with analysis of four types of program policy analysis questions. The requirement that current students evaluate dissertations produced by recent cohorts of previous students may result in more attention to quality by doctoral students, since they will anticipate future systematic reviews of their work. This practice may also stimulate doctoral faculty to impose higher standards of quality because of possible identification with studies judged either systematically best or worst. Fourteen dissertations were rated by all raters, and the remaining dissertations were typically rated by two or three raters. Policy questions include: the issue of overall quality of the dissertations at a school and the homogeneity of quality across studies; systematic variations in dissertation quality across program areas; and whether dissertation quality is perceived as improving over time. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Dallas, TX, January 31, 1987).