By Stephen Dobson
This booklet makes the case for a revival in curiosity within the viva. As an oral evaluate of a treatise or dissertation or of a student’s functionality in paintings or dance the viva has an extended background relationship again to the time of the Greeks. it may be stumbled on at the present time within the type of expert, vocational and educational vivas, the place a judgment of oral functionality is needed to achieve access right into a career or neighborhood of scholars.
In a time while there are scandals approximately scholars promoting essays to different scholars, the viva presents a fertile flooring for probing the coed to work out whether or not they are actually the authors of the paintings being assessed and understand its content material and the way to imagine cognitively or otherwise.
Given that we really recognize so little in regards to the viva, the e-book theorises the viva in accordance with a different pattern of vivas which have been filmed or within which the writer himself has been player, and discusses why its structure is so various in Anglo-Saxon languages and Latin and different languages.
The e-book deals academic policy-makers and examiners a trade-off among arguments in aid of the viva and the call for for different, ever less expensive varieties of overview because the numbers of either undergraduate and postgraduate scholars threaten to extend. It additionally argues that with call for within the labour marketplace for certified graduates who're greater built with transferable abilities, similar to the facility to speak complicated principles verbally in a reliable, well-argued model and never in basic terms by using rhetoric, what seem to be reasonably-priced sorts of overview within the brief run (e.g. written assessments with standardised questions or a number of selection) may very well ultimately be of much less price if we're making an investment in a destiny crew with so-called 21st century conversation skills.
If the viva have been deserted, the coed will be robbed of the chance to level a defence.
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Assessing the Viva in Higher Education: Chasing Moments of Truth (The Enabling Power of Assessment) by Stephen Dobson