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Title: A study of how QA has transformed universities over the last decade
Author: Smith, Jayne.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3443 2088
Awarding Body: University of Keele
Current Institution: Keele University
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis is about how Quality Assurance (QA) has influenced the practices and identities of academics and university administrators. The reasons for engaging with these questions are both personal and professional. Writing as a university accounting lecturer troubled by the social role the QA movement has played in HE, I have adopted critical and feminist perspectives. Structured in four parts, the first section outlines my research questions, discusses important methodological issues and presents details of the research design and methods. The second examines the origins and context of QA and focuses on particular aspects of university identity and discoursesG, overnmentp olicy and the movementt o QA. The third presents ethnographically informed case studies of two different universities, one post and one pre 1992 university; and the fourth, a comparative and thematic analysis and interpretation. The conclusionsa re that QA is experienceda s somethingo ther than a public accountability tool to safeguard standards. The QA phenomenon has developed particular discourses, both from above and from below, concerning presentation, performance and performativity. There are different identities and discourses used by men and women within and across the two universities studied which reflect wider critiques of QA.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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