ERIC Number: EJ719439
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Reference Count: 10
Assessment Matters: Some Issues Concerning the Supervision and Assessment of Work-Based Doctorates
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v42 n1 p87-92 Feb 2005
Since 2000, I have been working towards a professional doctorate at Middlesex University, and I am also working to introduce a work-based doctorate at Coventry University. This paper looks at the issues of supervision and assessment for work-based doctorates, which, I believe, are key to the design of such a programme and affect both the output and outcome of a candidate's work. The paper is based on a review of literature and discussions with academics from a number of universities. It appears that work-based doctorates, and I include here professional doctorates and Doctor of Business Administration, are subject to the same supervision and assessment processes as a Ph.D. My contention, therefore, is that if supervision and assessment of a work-based doctorate mirrors what happens on a Ph.D., then candidates will produce work that is indistinguishable from a Ph.D., in which case why have a different doctoral award? As such this paper represents work in progress towards my doctorate, where I am a candidate, and the introduction of a work-based doctorate at Coventry, where I am the curriculum designer. It therefore is designed to raise points of concern rather than supply answers.
Descriptors: Supervision, Business Administration Education, Doctoral Programs, Foreign Countries, Supervisory Methods, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Graduate Students, Education Work Relationship
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Coventry)