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ERIC Number: EJ1176292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0958-2029
Semantic Tone of Research 'Environment' Submissions in the UK's Research Evaluation Framework 2014
Thorpe, Andy; Craig, Russell; Hadikin, Glenn; Batistic, Sasa
Research Evaluation, v27 n2 p53-62 Apr 2018
This article applies "DICTION" computer-assisted text analysis software to evaluate the tone of research 'Environment' submissions by Business and Management Studies schools in the UK's 2014 Research Evaluation Framework. We find that submissions contain distinctive differences in semantic tone between high-ranked and low-ranked universities, particularly in terms of "DICTION"'s master variable, ACTIVITY. The language of high-ranked institutions has a tone of "low" ACTIVITY, whereas the language of low-ranked institutions has a tone of "high" ACTIVITY. More adjectives are used than expected: by high-ranked universities to bolster strong public reputations, and by low-ranked universities to atone for weaknesses. High-ranked universities are advantaged because they are more likely to be represented on assessing panels and be better-attuned to reader expectations. The results suggest that low-ranked universities could have achieved higher scores by reflecting on particular areas of word choice and the potential effects of those choices on assessors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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