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Sharmini, Sharon; Spronken-Smith, Rachel; Golding, Clinton; Harland, Tony – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2015
In this article we explore how examiners assess a thesis that includes published work. An online survey was used to gather data on approaches to assessing publication-based theses (PBTs). The respondents were 62 supervisors who had experience examining PBTs across a range of disciplines at a research-intensive university in New Zealand. Nearly…
Descriptors: Doctoral Degrees, Doctoral Dissertations, Doctoral Programs, Online Surveys
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Spronken-Smith, Rachel; Buissink-Smith, Nell; Bond, Carol; Grigg, Gabrielle – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2015
In this article, we sought a relation between orientation to higher education and curricular experiences, and elucidated the nature of transformative curricular experiences. Twenty-four graduates from humanities and science degrees in the year 2000 were interviewed approximately five years later to obtain their retrospective views on the purpose…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Educational Attitudes, Higher Education, Student Experience
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Mager, Sarah; Spronken-Smith, Rachel – Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 2014
We investigated students' perceptions of graduate attributes in a multi-level (second and third year) geography course. A case study with mixed methodology was employed, with data collected through focus groups and a survey. We found that undergraduate geography students can identify the skills, knowledge and attributes that are developed through…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Characteristics, Case Studies, Mixed Methods Research
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Buissink-Smith, Nell; Spronken-Smith, Rachel; Walker, Rebecca – Higher Education Research and Development, 2010
This case study explores student perceptions and experiences of advising at a New Zealand university. It considers the implications arising from the students' responses and also investigates the influence of students' demographic characteristics on perceptions of advice. Both first- (n = 191) and final- (n = 171) year cohorts of students were…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Case Studies