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ERIC Number: EJ897340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
Measuring Educational Quality by Appraising Theses and Dissertations: Pitfalls and Remedies
Hamilton, Patti; Johnson, Robert; Poudrier, Chelsey
Teaching in Higher Education, v15 n5 p567-577 Oct 2010
In this paper, we argue that, as indicators of the educational quality of graduate degree programs, student theses and dissertations are best used in specific contexts. High-quality theses and dissertations, that is, may be the result of factors such as verbal skills students already possessed at admission or of complex interactions between supervisors and students, not only effective class design or offerings. Consequently, this paper recommends ways for programs to avoid making post hoc errors in assessing educational quality and suggests strategies to make the critical appraisal of theses and dissertations a productive, quality-enhancing activity. (Contains 1 figure and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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