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Evaluation and instruction in PhD examiners' reports: How grammatical choices construe examiner roles

Starfield, Sue; Paltridge, Brian; McMurtrie, Robert; Holbrook, Allyson; Lovat, Terry; Kiley, Margaret; Fairbairn, Hedy


One of the principal roles of a PhD examiner is to judge ‘both the potential of the researcher and the quality of the research’ (Holbrook, Bourke, Fairbairn, & Lovat, 2014, p. 986). While examiners may be guided by criteria supplied by universities, the descriptors they are provided with can often be open to interpretation. Interpreting an examiner's report can present a challenge to students and their supervisors, exacerbated by the often ambiguous use of language in the reports. This article...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Linguistics and Education
DOI: 10.1016/j.linged.2017.07.008


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