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Are UK Degree Standards Going UP, Down or Sideways?

Elton, L; (1998) Are UK Degree Standards Going UP, Down or Sideways? Studies in Higher Education , 23 (1) pp. 35-42. 10.1080/03075079812331380472.

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Abstract

It is argued that the most likely explanation of the upward drift in degree results over the past two decades is that the assessment instrument has been changed, through the inclusion of coursework (so that it now does not measure what it measured before), although the degree boundaries have been left unchanged. If this is so, then the effect reflects bad practice on the part of examiners rather than changes in student achievement. To discover whether there have been changes in student achievement requires a comparison of student performance with fixed standards. This article discusses the extent to which this can be achieved in practice and proposes appropriate means for achieving it.

Type: Article
Title: Are UK Degree Standards Going UP, Down or Sideways?
DOI: 10.1080/03075079812331380472
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP Education > UCL Arena Centre
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/68552
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