Honouring the incomparable: Honours in Australian universities

Kiley, Margaret, Boud, David, Manathunga, Catherine and Cantwell, Robert (2011) Honouring the incomparable: Honours in Australian universities. Higher Education, 62 5: 619-633. doi:10.1007/s10734-011-9409-z

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Author Kiley, Margaret
Boud, David
Manathunga, Catherine
Cantwell, Robert
Title Honouring the incomparable: Honours in Australian universities
Journal name Higher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0018-1560
Publication date 2011-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10734-011-9409-z
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 62
Issue 5
Start page 619
End page 633
Total pages 15
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract The Honours undergraduate degree in Australia is unlike that in most other countries. It has taken on a particular significance as a qualification, as a pathway to and a pre-requisite for direct entry into doctoral programs. This paper explores the outcomes of a study that suggests that the aims, outcomes, curriculum, pedagogical practices, purposes and enrolment patterns of Honours vary substantially across disciplines and university types. It addresses the questions about the diverse nature of Honours programs and questions what this diversity means for Australian higher education in the context where global standardisation of awards is rapidly occurring. Honours is seen variously as a qualification, an experience, or a program. These variations are discussed and it is demonstrated that Honours globally has not one, but many meanings. These meanings are often poorly understood within, and outside the academy. These multiple meanings create confusion about what Honours stands for and inhibit communication about the role and purpose of Honours both within Australia and in a global context.
Keyword Curriculum planning
Learning outcomes
Research education
Research skills
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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