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Quality assessment of PhD dissertations in China: Cross-national evaluations

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The study had two main objectives: to make an evaluation of Chinese dissertations based on international comparisons of doctoral research; and to seek some techniques in evaluating dissertations between countries. It therefore included three lines of analysis: Firstly, the degree awarding institution selected a certain amount of dissertations under its typical and representative subjects and matched them with comparable dissertations submitted at similar institutions in other countries; for this purpose, it organized a team of disciplinary referees to make comparisons in terms of topic selection, literature review, creativity, academic standards, theoretical knowledge and disciplinary accomplishment reflected in the dissertations as well as of the candidates' abilities to undertake independent research. Altogether, 205 international comparative reports have been finished on the basis of referees' analysis on 2013 dissertations in 205 institutions. Secondly, the project teams so constituted visited 30 institutions in five cities with a concentration of research universities in different regions of China and interviewed 400 persons including candidates, supervisors and persons in charge of doctoral education in order to gain their subjective evaluation on doctoral dissertations. Thirdly, disciplinary experts were invited to make peer reviews on international comparative reports from 205 institutions and to make objective assessments of doctoral dissertations in their own fields. Based on the analysis of the above-mentioned institution reports, interview and experts' assessment, one may reasonably conclude that the doctoral dissertations defended at Chinese universities have, in general, reached international standards.

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Doctoral dissertation, training
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Name: 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society
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Chen, Hongjie. "Quality assessment of PhD dissertations in China: Cross-national evaluations" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p496925_index.html>

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Chen, H. "Quality assessment of PhD dissertations in China: Cross-national evaluations" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p496925_index.html

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Abstract: The study had two main objectives: to make an evaluation of Chinese dissertations based on international comparisons of doctoral research; and to seek some techniques in evaluating dissertations between countries. It therefore included three lines of analysis: Firstly, the degree awarding institution selected a certain amount of dissertations under its typical and representative subjects and matched them with comparable dissertations submitted at similar institutions in other countries; for this purpose, it organized a team of disciplinary referees to make comparisons in terms of topic selection, literature review, creativity, academic standards, theoretical knowledge and disciplinary accomplishment reflected in the dissertations as well as of the candidates' abilities to undertake independent research. Altogether, 205 international comparative reports have been finished on the basis of referees' analysis on 2013 dissertations in 205 institutions. Secondly, the project teams so constituted visited 30 institutions in five cities with a concentration of research universities in different regions of China and interviewed 400 persons including candidates, supervisors and persons in charge of doctoral education in order to gain their subjective evaluation on doctoral dissertations. Thirdly, disciplinary experts were invited to make peer reviews on international comparative reports from 205 institutions and to make objective assessments of doctoral dissertations in their own fields. Based on the analysis of the above-mentioned institution reports, interview and experts' assessment, one may reasonably conclude that the doctoral dissertations defended at Chinese universities have, in general, reached international standards.


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