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Developing educational goals: insights from a Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme


Ross, B and Carbone, A and Lindsay, K and Drew, S and Phelan, L and Cottman, C and Stoney, S, Developing educational goals: insights from a Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme, International Journal for Academic Development, 21, (4) pp. 350-363. ISSN 1360-144X (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Informa UK Limited

DOI: doi:10.1080/1360144X.2016.1189427


The rapid changes facing higher education are placing increased focus on the quality of the student experience, achieving learning outcomes, and employability expectations. As a result, academics in teaching roles are increasingly measured on performance via student evaluations amplifying attention on professional development initiatives for academics. One such initiative is the Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme currently in practice across many Australian universities. The critical component of the scheme is the establishment of teaching goals that provide focus and direction for the peer partnership. This study addresses two questions: (1) Around which aspects do academics set their goals for teaching improvement? and (2) How do academics’ goals align with the SMART goal-setting framework that is prescribed in the scheme? Findings from five Australian universities showed that goals align with a variety of educational areas yet many were underdeveloped, or misaligned with the proposed strategy. The implications of this are discussed and a framework for setting education goals for teaching improvement is developed.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Academic development, professional development, Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme, peer learning, SMART goal framework, goal setting, teaching enhancement
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Drew, S (Dr Steve Drew)
ID Code:111314
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2016-09-07
Last Modified:2017-01-19

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