ERIC Number: EJ1174639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Tools of Individual Evaluation and Prestige Recognition in Spain: How Sexenio 'Mints the Golden Coin of Authority'
European Journal of Higher Education, v8 n2 p201-214 2018
Individual experiences in dealing with individual evaluations are studied through a national documental analysis and qualitative interviews. The analysis considers three main individual assessments designed to measure individual credentials or performance: "sexenio" (research and third mission), "quinquenio" (teaching) and "acreditación" (mix of all missions). The main research question is to discuss if and how these tools changed the way "academic authority" is recognized among scholars. Evidence shows that "sexenio" has played a relevant role and enacted a reconfiguration of "authority" among scholars, incentivizing more performing behaviors. In terms of missions, research is more important than teaching or third mission. In terms of tools, they don't have the same degree of importance. Sexenio lays in having established by time a widely recognized way--quoting Burton Clark--'to mint the golden coin of individual prestige.' Other tools, following the metaphor, may mint just less prestigious pence.
Descriptors: Reputation, Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Credentials, Accreditation (Institutions), Institutional Mission, College Faculty, Incentives, Faculty Workload, Research, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Evaluation, Faculty Publishing, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain