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Delivering Inspiring Doctoral Assessment

Delivering Inspiring Doctoral Assessment

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December 2019 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book provides academics, trainers and supervisors worldwide the tools to effectively support doctoral students in the assessment process. Its multidisciplinary approach makes it a uniquely useful manual for the examination of works from conception to completion, and dissemination – in both formative and summative assessments. It gives clear guidance on:

·         How assessment is structured and conducted,

·         Activities and questions for the supervision of vivas and public debates,

·         How to manage assessment outcomes.

This book equips early career assessors to effectively perform their duties and supportive roles, and  is a valuable resource for doctoral students seeking insight into the rationale behind the ways in which their preparation is structured and delivered.


Chapter 1 What is ‘doctorateness’
Chapter 2 What is the role of assessment in doctoral studies?
Chapter 3 What are the regulatory requirements and responsibilities of doctoral assessors?
Chapter 4 What different forms does assessment take and why during the process of a doctorate?
Chapter 5 How can assessment be made inclusive?
Chapter 6 How can you establish an appropriate rapport and respect in doctoral assessment?
Chapter 7 What feedback is useful and how can it be negotiated?
Chapter 8. How can you deal well with less positive assessment outcomes?
Chapter 9. What forms of final doctoral assessment procedures might an examiner encounter?
Chapter 10. What should we be looking for in a thesis?
Chaptee 11. What are the purposes of a viva voce and how can it be conducted rigorously and compassionately?
Chapter 12. What are potential outcomes and what will be your continuing role?

This engaging and inclusive book provides supervisors and examiners with a complete guide to  assessment in the doctoral process. Anyone who is supervising or examining a PhD will benefit greatly from its wisdom and candour.

Paul Ashwin
Lancaster University

This is a must-read book for new and experienced supervisors and examiners alike. Not only is it full of excellent advice and practical tips, but it stimulates reflection of practice through probing questions. The powerful voice of doctoral researchers remind us of what a privilege and responsibility it is to be part of the doctoral journey – this book will help us travel it well.

Mariann Rand-Weaver
Brunel University London