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Examining doctoral examination and the question of the Viva

Lovat, Terry; Holbrook, Allyson; Bourke, Sid; Fairbairn, Hedy; Kiley, Margaret; Paltridge, Brian; Starfield, Sue


The paper draws on a series of Australian Research Council (ARC) projects aimed at understanding better the process of doctoral examination. The early phase focussed on the Australian doctorate, which functions without a Viva, while the later phase was concerned with comparing the earlier findings with analysis of the United Kingdom (UK) and New Zealand (NZ) systems that include a Viva. Results showed some strengths and weaknesses of both systems and so the paper explores the desirability of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Higher Education Review: the international journal for policy and practice in post school education


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