Understanding perceptions of quality in science

"Quality" is an elusive term which is difficult to measure directly, and whose meaning is often context-dependent. In this talk I present work which aims to better understand quality in a scientific - and general - context.

To investigate how "quality" is conceptualised, I present the findings of an empirical study which uses a prototype methodology. Based on the responses of 237 participants (120 in the scientific context), I note that  although there are commonalities in the descriptions of quality applied to both contexts, there are scientific-specific features.

Results will be discussed in the context of the Qlectives EU-FP7 project.

Tuesday, 30 November, 2010 - 12:30 to 14:00
Alastair Gill & Maria Xenitidou