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ERIC Number: EJ858374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1479-7860
The Timing of Referred Examinations
Slater, Robert
Bioscience Education, v13 Article c1 Jun 2009
The "dreaded resits," or referred examinations to give them their full title. Hated by everyone: (1) the students (when they start the course they think they won't need them); (2) the academic staff (they think the students should have worked harder first time around); and (3) the administrative staff (they have seen it all before and really would prefer everyone to pass first time and get it over with). Referred examinations always seem to have the atmosphere of a school detention to the author: nobody wants to be there, least of all the teachers. Referrals are a common approach in UK Universities. The author takes "referral" to mean the student is given the opportunity to retake examinations and/or resubmit coursework prior to the beginning of a subsequent academic year or semester. This article reports on the experiences of the University of Hertfordshire following changes in the timing of resit examinations and coursework in the 2007/2008 academic year.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom