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Author Tinkler, Penny.
Title The doctoral examination process : a handbook for students, examiners and supervisors / Penny Tinkler and Carolyn Jackson.
Imprint Maidenhead : Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press, 2004.

Author Tinkler, Penny.
Subject Universities and colleges -- Great Britain -- Graduate work -- Examinations.
Universities and colleges -- Great Britain -- Graduate work -- Examinations -- Case studies.
Universities and colleges -- Great Britain -- Graduate work -- Examinations -- Study guides.
Alt Name Jackson, Carolyn, 1970-
Society for Research into Higher Education.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 228 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Cover -- Half title -- General Editor -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- TOC36;Contents -- Acknowledgements -- CH36;Chapter 1 Introduction to the Doctoral Examination process -- 146;1 Introduction to this book -- Audiences 8211; who are they and how should theynavigate this book63; -- Our approach -- What this book is based upon 8211; our research -- How this book is designed -- What this book does and does not do -- 146;2 Introduction to the PhD examinationprocess -- What is a PhD63; -- An overview of the PhD examination process -- CH36;Chapter 2 Understanding the Doctoral Viva 8211; what is it for63; -- 1 Why an oral examination63; Purposes and importance -- Institutional policy -- The viva is a compulsory part of the PhD examination -- What criteria need to be met for a successful viva performance63; -- Can students fail the PhD on the basis of performance in the viva63; -- Limits of a policy perspective -- Academics8217; perspectives of the roles of the viva -- Candidates8217; perspectives of the roles of the viva -- 2 Exploring key purposes of the viva -- Examination -- Development -- Ritual47;rites of passage -- 3 Is the viva always an examination63; -- Is the viva usually the key site of decision making63; -- 4 Summary -- CH36;Chapter 3 Understanding the Doctoral Viva 8211; How does it work63; -- 346;1 Components of a viva -- 346;2 Skills -- 346;3 Content -- Examiners8217; assessments of the thesis -- Examiners8217; knowledge expectations -- 346;4 Conduct -- Examining styles -- The examiners8217; personal47;political agendas -- Interpersonal dynamics -- 346;5 Summary -- CH36;Chapter 4 Viva Preparation 8211; Long Term -- 446;1 Reminder of the key components of the viva -- Skills -- Content -- Conduct -- 446;2 Academic research cultures -- 446;3 A closer look at academic research cultures58; activities that are useful long45;term viva preparation -- Teaching -- Conference attendance and presentation -- Oral exams 8211; upgrading44; progress reports etc46; -- Publishing -- Other activities -- 446;4 Ways to access academic research cultures -- 446;5 A flexible conclusion -- 446;6 Summary -- CH36;Chapter 5 Selecting Examiners -- 546;1 Why are examiners important63; -- 546;2 Selection procedures -- How many examiners63; -- When should examiners be selected63; -- Who selects the examiners63; -- 546;3 Factors to consider when selecting examiners -- Institutional frameworks -- Other factors and issues -- To know or not to know 8211; issues relating tothe selection of 8216;known8217; and 8216;unknown8217;external examiners -- 546;4 Summary -- CH36;Chapter 6 Who Attends the Viva63; Roles and Obligations -- 646;1 Viva attendance -- Who may attend the viva63; -- Reminder 8211; how many examiners are there63; -- 646;2 Roles and obligations of attendees -- External and internal examiners -- Supervisor -- Independent chairperson -- University official -- 646;3 Should the supervisor attend the viva63; -- Candidates8217; perspectives -- Supervisors8217; perspectives -- Examiners8217; perspectives -- 646;4 Summary -- CH36;Chapter 7 Examiners 8211; Should You Examine63; -- 746;1 What the job entails -- 746;2 Should you serve as an external examiner63.
Summary "It also incorporates a wealth of information that most supervisors and examiners only acquire through years of experience ... this book deserves to be widely read and, if it is, it should contribute to an improvement in the quality of both research degree examining and the student's performance at the viva."--Professor Diana Woodward, University Director of Research, Napier University, Edinburgh and retiring UKCGE Executive Committee Member. 'Importantly the book deals with perspectives of all three concerned parties, i.e., the candidate, examiner and supervisor. It is ... a very useful guide to appreciate and prepare for the different stages of the doctoral examination process.' - "Higher Education Quarterly". What is the viva and how can students prepare for it? What should supervisors consider when selecting PhD examiners? How should examiners assess a doctoral thesis and conduct the viva? The doctoral examination process has been shrouded in mystery and has been a source of anxiety and concern for students, supervisors and examiners alike. But now help is at hand. This book sheds new light on the process, providing constructive ways of understanding the doctoral examination, preparing for it and undertaking it. This book stands alone in the field due to the extensive research undertaken by the authors. Over a four year period, surveys and interviews were undertaken with candidates and academics from a wide range of disciplines throughout Britain. Outcomes and ideas from the research have been united to provide the most comprehensive information available. Real life accounts and case studies are combined with useful advice, tasks and checklists to create an illuminating handbook. This user-friendly book is a vital resource for anyone involved in the doctoral process. No doctoral candidate, examiner or supervisor should be without it.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780335228096 (electronic bk.)
0335228097 (electronic bk.)
9780335213054 (pbk.)
0335213057 (pbk.)
0335213057 (pbk.)
OCLC # 228168288
Additional Format Print version: Tinkler, Penny. Doctoral examination process. Maidenhead : Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press, 2004 0335213065 9780335213061 (OCoLC)53912633

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