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Throwing Out the Baby with the Bathwater: The Undesirable Effects of National Research Assessment Exercises on Research

Mingers, John, White, Leroy (2015) Throwing Out the Baby with the Bathwater: The Undesirable Effects of National Research Assessment Exercises on Research. arxiv.org, . (Unpublished) (doi:arxiv.org/abs/1502.00658)

Abstract

The evaluation of the quality of research at a national level has become increasingly common. The UK has been at the forefront of this trend having undertaken many assessments since 1986, the latest being the “Research Excellence Framework” in 2014. The argument of this paper is that, whatever the intended results in terms of evaluating and improving research, there have been many, presumably unintended, results that are highly undesirable for research and the university community more generally. We situate our analysis using Bourdieu’s theory of cultural reproduction and then focus on the peculiarities of the 2008 RAE and the 2014 REF the rules of which allowed for, and indeed encouraged, significant game-playing on the part of striving universities. We conclude with practical recommendations to maintain the general intention of research assessment without the undesirable side-effects.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: arxiv.org/abs/1502.00658
Uncontrolled keywords: bibliometrics, Bourdieu, research assessment, game playing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5351 Business
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Management Science
Depositing User: John Mingers
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2015 12:48 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/47065 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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