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ERIC Number: EJ1030245
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0260-2938
What Examiners Do: What Thesis Students Should Know
Golding, Clinton; Sharmini, Sharon; Lazarovitch, Ayelet
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v39 n5 p563-576 2014
Although many articles have been written about thesis assessment, none provide a comprehensive, general picture of what examiners do as they assess a thesis. To synthesise this diverse literature, we reviewed 30 articles, triangulated their conclusions and identified 11 examiner practices. Thesis examiners tend to be broadly consistent in their practices and recommendations; they expect and want a thesis to pass, but first impressions are also very important. They read with academic expectations and the expectations of a normal reader. Like any reader, thesis examiners get annoyed and distracted by presentation errors, and they want to read a work that is a coherent whole. As academic readers, examiners favour a thesis with a convincing approach that engages with the literature and the findings, but they require a thesis to be publishable research. Finally, examiners give not only a final evaluation of a thesis, but also instruction and advice to improve the thesis and further publications and research. We hope that these generalisations will demystify the often secret process of assessing a thesis, and reassure, guide and encourage students as they write their theses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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