ERIC Number: EJ1048452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 80
External Examining: Fit for Purpose?
Bloxham, Sue; Price, Margaret
Studies in Higher Education, v40 n2 p195-211 2015
In a context of international concern about academic standards, the practice of external examining is widely admired for its role in defending standards. Yet a contradiction exists between this faith in examining and continuing concerns about standards. This article argues that external examining rests on assumptions about standards which are significantly open to challenge. Six assumptions relating to the conceptual context, the operation and the nature of examiners themselves are analysed drawing on a review of the available evidence. The analysis challenges the notion of a consensus on standards and the potential to vest in individuals the ability to represent that consensus when judging the comparability of academic standards in a stable and appropriate way. The issues raised have relevance to the UK and to other national systems using external examiners or seeking to guarantee academic standards by, in some cases, adopting quality assurance approaches developed in the UK.
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Assessment, Higher Education, Quality Assurance, Examiners, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom