Do research theses examiners need training? Practitioner stories

Nova Southeastern University
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Qualitative Report, 2005, 10 (4), pp. 817 - 835
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We are thesis examiners within the Australian academic system who formed a community of practice to try to resolve some of the issues we were facing. Stories of examiners reflecting on and examining their own practice are a notable silence in the higher degree research literature. In this study we have adopted a storytelling inquiry method that involved telling our practitioner stories, firstly to each other and then to a wider audience through this paper. We then identified issues that we believe are relevant to other thesis examiners. We have also found that engaging in a community of practice is itself a valuable form of examiner professional development.
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