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Tools of individual evaluation and prestige recognition in Spain: how sexenio ‘mints the golden coin of authority’

Marini, G; (2018) Tools of individual evaluation and prestige recognition in Spain: how sexenio ‘mints the golden coin of authority’. European Journal of Higher Education 10.1080/21568235.2018.1428649. (In press).

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Abstract

Individual experiences in dealing with individual evaluations are studied through a national documental analysis and qualitative interviews. The analysis considers three main individual assessments designed to measure individual credentials or performance: sexenio (research and third mission), quinquenio (teaching) and acreditación (mix of all missions). The main research question is to discuss if and how these tools changed the way academic authority is recognized among scholars. Evidence shows that sexenio has played a relevant role and enacted a reconfiguration of authority among scholars, incentivizing more performing behaviors. In terms of missions, research is more important than teaching or third mission. In terms of tools, they don't have the same degree of importance. Sexenio lays in having established by time a widely recognized way – quoting Burton Clark – ‘to mint the golden coin of individual prestige’. Other tools, following the metaphor, may mint just less prestigious pence.

Type: Article
Title: Tools of individual evaluation and prestige recognition in Spain: how sexenio ‘mints the golden coin of authority’
DOI: 10.1080/21568235.2018.1428649
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/21568235.2018.1428649
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Research evaluation, teaching evaluation, third mission evaluation, Spain, individual assessment
UCL classification: UCL > Office of the President and Provost
UCL > School of Education
UCL > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10043161
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