CW1 Section 2 |
Source Evaluating |
Write by: Matthew Yao |
Tutor: Sandy Sommer |
2 November, 2012 |
* Authorship / Authority
At the end of paper, the detailed information about the author is given. Referring to it, N. V. Varghese is a professor whose publication covered from scheme of education, financing and quality. He was also in charge of the Educational Planning Unit at NUEPA (New Delhi) and now is Head of Governance and Management in Education at IIEP. Recently, he focuses on the fields of institutional reorganizing of higher education and private higher education. These main areas are closely related to the topic of text. Based on these information, it can be stated that the paper is authoritative.
* Reliability / Validity
The paper contains five tables to illustrate comparison clearly. These data comes from three different sources: a. UIS (UNESCO Institute for Statistics) which is an office collecting cross-national ...view middle of the document...
org’ which means it is a non-governmental and non-profit making organization, they are seeking for advertisement on their homepage which may damage its neutralization. These evidence makes the data coming from the website seems not valid enough to an academic report.
* Objectivity / Subjectivity
Most of the information and ideas have in-text references. For example, “Globalization, on the other hand, assumes a blurring of borders and national systems of education (Teichler, 2004)” (p.14, para 2). Furthermore, many caution words are used to avoid complete statement and analyze the possible trend based on current evidence, such as “The crisis may lead to …” (p.5, para2). To sum up, the paper is written in impersonal and objective style.
For currency, it is debatable and need to be argued into two parts. For the section of globalization, the data is mainly covered from 2007 to 2008, which is quite updated and efficient to support author’s ideas. On the other hand, the data in 2009 is used to explain economic crisis and national strategies, which is one year after the economic crisis. As many countries and institutions are working together to save the global economy, current economic situation is different from the expectation of the text. For example, “According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), global growth has come to a virtual halt, with the developed economies expected to shrink by 2 per cent in 2009” (p.22, para 2). When this kind of data is cited from the text, it may need to be checked and updated.
* Academic Conventions
The paper has good academic conventions. Firstly, the paper is well-organized with cover sheet, page number, abstract, contents, list of abbreviations, introduction, main body, conclusion and references, which main body is also divided into 5 sections to discuss. At the beginning of each section, there is a paragraph of definition and background for readers to know about. For example, “Many crises in the past emanated from public sector investment/savings deficits, leading to large-scale budget deficits and borrowing” (p.22 para 1). To the aspect of vocabulary, many common words are replaced by academic words, such as obtain to gain, institution to organization, levy to tax.