ERIC Number: EJ1084179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
External Peer Review of Assessment: An Effective Approach to Verifying Standards?
Bloxham, Sue; Hudson, Jane; den Outer, Birgit; Price, Margaret
Higher Education Research and Development, v34 n6 p1069-1082 2015
There is growing international concern to regulate and assure standards in higher education. External peer review of assessment, often called external examining, is a well-established approach to assuring standards. Australian higher education is one of several systems without a history of external examining for undergraduate programmes that is currently considering the approach. What can entrants to external examining at that level learn from the UK higher education system's long history of external examining? To that end, this paper reports on a mixed methods research project designed to investigate current practices in how academic standards are conceived, constructed and applied by external examiners and debates the implications of the findings for the development of external examining in other countries. The findings suggest that the potential of experienced peers in a subject discipline to provide the assurance of standards is limited. It concludes by presenting various possible enhancements that might be considered.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Peer Evaluation, Academic Standards, Undergraduate Study, Mixed Methods Research, Examiners, Quality Assurance, Interviews
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom