BOOK REVIEW: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON RESEARCH ASSESSMENT IN ARCHITECTURE, MUSIC, AND THE ARTS - DISCUSSING DOCTORATENESS

Ashraf M. Salama

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26687/archnet-ijar.v12i1.1573

Abstract

‘Perspectives on Research Assessment in Architecture, Music, and the Arts – Discussing Doctorateness,’ edited by Fredrik Nilsson, Halina Dunin-Woyseth, and Nel Janssens, is a new important undertaking that re-establishes the essence, values, and needs of research in architecture, music, and the arts. Divided in three sections that accommodate twelve contributions, the book encompasses arguments, frameworks, experiments and experiences written by a group of eminent scholars, academics, as well as doctoral researchers, from various fields that include architecture, urban design, global culture, music, art and design, and management and social sciences. The book is trans-disciplinary in nature and breaks the boundaries between the overarching disciplines of these fields. What this book offers is an invaluable resource for educators, academics, practitioners in the relevant disciplines, and higher education institutions needing to reconsider their assessment methods of doctoral research to meet emerging demands within the creative and cultural industries. A series of conceptual and practical inspirations that stem from a wide spectrum of concepts, arguments, case studies demonstrate experimental and innovative assessment approaches of ‘Doctorateness.’ This is not all, while the book paves the road to openly discuss innovative assessment approaches of doctoral research, it also provides the basis for thinking about tenure and promotion criteria for academics in architecture, music, and the arts.    


Keywords

assessment; research; Doctorateness; practice-based research; transdisciplinarity.

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Nilsson, F., Dunin-Woyseth, H., and Janssens, N. (2017). Perspectives on Research Assessment in Architecture, Music, and the Arts – Discussing Doctorateness. London: Routledge.


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