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ERIC Number: EJ981120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3124
The Publication Game: Acceptable and Not-Acceptable in the British REF Exercise
Townsend, Tony
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v15 n4 p421-435 2012
Every five years, universities in the UK submit themselves to an exercise that produces league tables to determine the levels of funding support provided for research infrastructure by government, based on the previous five years of research activity. In 2013, the next exercise, called the Research Exercise Framework, will see in each university, for each eligible staff member, up to four pieces of research output "briefly defined as a process of investigation leading to new insights, effectively shared" submitted and reviewed by a national panel established for each of 36 specialist discipline areas. Judgement of the quality of the research work being done by each university, and the subsequent government funds that flow from this process, is based on the decisions made by these discipline groups. This article looks at the issues that are implicit in judgements made about quality research output in educational leadership and how such an exercise might restrict researchers in educational leadership to certain types of research activity. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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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