Dr Andrew Fisher

Dr Andrew Fisher is an associate professor in philosophy, and director of teaching for the faculty of arts at the University of Nottingham. He completed a PhD in philosophy at the University of St Andrews. 0115 84 67647

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Philosophy students’ uptake, performance and experiences of vivas

As students often ask for a viva assessment in philosophy, we set out to answer three questions:

I. Would there be a sizable uptake of viva assessment if it were offered?
II. Would students perform roughly as well as they did in other modes of assessment?
III. Would students find the experience educationally satisfying?

It turns out there was not a sizable uptake and there was no significant statistical difference in performance between modes of assessment. Finally, students did find the experience educationally satisfying. In this paper we reflect on these results, reflect on the limitations of our study, and conclude with some suggestions for future work. This paper would be particularly useful for anyone within the Arts and Humanities who are considering introducing assessed oral presentations into their course.

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