This paper explores ways in which examiners, supervisors and others interpret the concept of 'originality' when evaluating candidates' achievements in the final Ph.D. examination. It is based on institutional responses to a question in a 2006 discussion paper on doctoral assessment about how universities define originality for the purpose of Ph.D. assessment and what other criteria are used to guide examiners in making judgements in the final examination. The paper also includes emerging find...Expand abstract
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The concept of 'originality' in the Ph.D.: how is it interpreted by examiners?
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