Assessment feedback in examiner reports on master's dissertations in translation studies

Man, Deliang and Xu, Yiqin and Chau, Meng Huat and O'Toole, John Mitchell and Shunmugam, Krishnavanie (2020) Assessment feedback in examiner reports on master's dissertations in translation studies. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 64. p. 100823. ISSN 0191-491X

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.stueduc.2019.100823

Abstract

Assessment is a crucial part of degree programmes in higher education. While previous research has been primarily concerned with PhD thesis assessment practice in western countries, this article considers the focus and assessment criteria of 40 examiner reports on master's dissertations in translation studies at a Chinese university. The results indicate that these examiners structured their reports in four rhetorical moves: ‘preparing the candidate for a decision’, ‘expressing an evaluation’, ‘conveying the decision’, and ‘making recommendations’. These examiners appeared to place more emphasis on the expression of ideas, rather than on the accuracy and originality of those ideas. They apparently adopted flexible working criteria, assessing the dissertations based on institutional requirements and on their own experience. This article concludes with a discussion of implications for dissertation writing. © 2019 Elsevier Ltd

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Examiner reports; Assessment of master’s dissertations; Translation studies; Genre analysis; Assessment feedback; Academic writing
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
Depositing User: Mr Faizal 2
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2015 01:23
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2019 06:18
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/13362

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