External peer review of assessment: an effective approach to verifying standards?

Bloxham, Susan, Hudson, Jane, den Outer, Birgit and Price, Margaret (2015) External peer review of assessment: an effective approach to verifying standards? Higher Education Research & Development, 34 (6). pp. 1069-1082.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2015.1024629

Abstract

There is growing international concern to regulate and assure standards in higher education. External peer review of assessment, often called external examining, is a well-established approach to assuring standards. Australian higher education is one of several systems without a history of external examining for undergraduate programmes that is currently considering the approach. What can entrants to external examining at that level learn from the UK higher education system's long history of external examining? To that end, this paper reports on a mixed methods research project designed to investigate current practices in how academic standards are conceived, constructed and applied by external examiners and debates the implications of the findings for the development of external examining in other countries. The findings suggest that the potential of experienced peers in a subject discipline to provide the assurance of standards is limited. It concludes by presenting various possible enhancements that might be considered.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Higher Education Research & Development
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
ISSN: 1469-8366
Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of Education
Pre 2016 Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Research
Additional Information: Published online: 13 May 2015
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2014 08:19
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 18:46
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1580

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