University league tables not valid

Abbas, Andrea and Ashwin, Paul and McLean, Monica (2012) University league tables not valid. Network: The magazine of the British Sociological Association . ISSN UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

We have just reached the end (of the funded period) of a three-year ESRC funded mixed-method investigation
exploring whether the different reputations of four English university sociology departments for teaching undergraduates
(as measured by league table position) can be substantiated by exploring data on what is learned and taught.
Initially we were motivated by research, including our own pilot studies, which had indicated that the link between reputation and quality might be unjustified and have
unfair consequences for students at lower ranked universities.(If we had found that the ranking was an accurate reflection of the quality of provision then the project would have revealed how students, who
attend these universities, were being disadvantaged).
To understand the quality of the degrees, we gathered rich data sets from four different departments in four universities which we called Community, Diversity,
Prestige and Selective to reflect their status.
The departments in Community and Diversity have been regularly rated in the bottom third of the major UK higher
education league tables and those in Prestige and Selective in the top third.

Students in these departments nearly all studied some modules from sociologyr elated social sciences but Selective and Community were more mixed with criminology, social policy or politics.

Additional Information:We have just reached the end (of the funded period) of a three-year ESRC funded mixed-method investigation exploring whether the different reputations of four English university sociology departments for teaching undergraduates (as measured by league table position) can be substantiated by exploring data on what is learned and taught. Initially we were motivated by research, including our own pilot studies, which had indicated that the link between reputation and quality might be unjustified and have unfair consequences for students at lower ranked universities.(If we had found that the ranking was an accurate reflection of the quality of provision then the project would have revealed how students, who attend these universities, were being disadvantaged). To understand the quality of the degrees, we gathered rich data sets from four different departments in four universities which we called Community, Diversity, Prestige and Selective to reflect their status. The departments in Community and Diversity have been regularly rated in the bottom third of the major UK higher education league tables and those in Prestige and Selective in the top third. Students in these departments nearly all studied some modules from sociologyr elated social sciences but Selective and Community were more mixed with criminology, social policy or politics.
Keywords:league tables, sociology, injustice
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:7773
Deposited On:01 Mar 2013 16:24

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