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Holbrook, Allyson; Bourke, Sid; Lovat, Terence; Dally, Kerry – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2004
This paper outlines the procedures used in the textual analysis of examiner reports for 101 PhD candidates across disciplines in one Australian University. The method involves the use of QSR software. Three levels of findings are outlined. The first level is the coding categories that emerged out of reading the report text. There are five broad…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Examiners, Foreign Countries, Doctoral Dissertations
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Lovat, Terence – Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 2004
This paper discusses ways in which examiners position themselves in relation to doctoral students' knowledge. The epistemological thesis of Habermas is utilized and its well-established connections with the world of formal learning re-stated. Against this conceptual framework, the examiner reports are appraised with a view to identifying the ways…
Descriptors: Examiners, Epistemology, Doctoral Programs, Doctoral Dissertations