Academic freedom, achievement standards and professional identity

Sadler, D. Royce (2011) Academic freedom, achievement standards and professional identity. Quality in Higher Education, 17 1: 85-100. doi:10.1080/13538322.2011.554639

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Author Sadler, D. Royce
Title Academic freedom, achievement standards and professional identity
Journal name Quality in Higher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1353-8322
Publication date 2011-04-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13538322.2011.554639
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 17
Issue 1
Start page 85
End page 100
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract The tension between the freedom of academics to grade the achievements of their students without interference or coercion and the prerogative of higher education institutions to control grading standards is often deliberated by weighing up the authority and rights of the two parties. An alternative approach is to start with an analysis of the characteristics necessary for a system to exhibit integrity in grading academic achievement and treat the establishment and maintenance of academic standards as a problem to be solved. This would allow the respective responsibilities of academics and institutions to be resolved within a concrete setting rather than in the abstract. Connecting the typical characteristics of a profession with Isaiah Berlin's two concepts of liberty leads to a productive partnership in which the respective interests of individual academics and the values of institutions can converge on a practical solution to the problem of academic freedom.
Keyword Academic freedom
Academic standards
Peer review
Higher education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation Publications
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