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Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, n88 p1-24 Dec 2008

Drawing upon publicly accessible information on the websites of ten Canadian research universities, this paper aims to shed some light on the assumed variation of institutional policies regarding the PhD dissertation defense in Canada. It discusses "How are the institutional policies on the doctoral dissertation defense different across Canadian universities?"; "What do these differences imply about the role, function, and purpose of the oral defense in the PhD examination in Canada?"; and "How might these differences inform PhD education in Canada?." It concludes with a call for academics and students' awareness of these variations in policy and practice. (Contains 7 footnotes.)

Descriptors: Research Universities, Doctoral Programs, Doctoral Dissertations, Foreign Countries, Web Sites, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Institutional Evaluation

Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, Canada. Tel: 204-474-9004; Fax: 204-474-7564; e-mail: cjeapadm[at]; Web site:

Author: Chen, Shuhua


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