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Quality enhancement through the peer review of teaching for learning and learning for teaching- a process and an outcome


Drew, S and Klopper, C, Quality enhancement through the peer review of teaching for learning and learning for teaching- a process and an outcome, Quality enhancement of university teaching and learning, Libri Publishing, C Nygaard, N Courtney, P Bartholomew (ed), Oxford, UK, pp. 123-144. ISBN 9781909818125 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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This chapter is about quality enhancement of university teaching and learning. Confronted by regulatory systems, the increasing competitive climate of burgeoning knowledge economies and the over-reliance of student evaluations of teaching as sole arbiters of teaching quality, a process for peer observation of teaching quality (teaching for learning) and academic staff development (learning for teaching) has been investigated. We contextualise and report a case study of quality enhancement originating from a larger University wide initiative (PRO-Teaching) explicitly focusing on the enhancement of quality in teaching. The reason for this is the underlying argument that quality in teaching improves students' learning outcomes. We follow this line of argument throughout the chapter. In relation to the enhancement of quality in teaching we do argue that student evaluations, although holding important information about students' perception of quality in teaching, should nor stand alone as an indicator of quality in reaching. We collate data from multiple observers together with the students' evaluations and learning outcomes from the observed episodes to create a data set from which defensible evidence of quality teaching for learning is inferred. We therefore propose peer review of teaching as both a process and an outcome towards quality enhancement in university teaching and learning.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:higher education, teaching, peer review
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Communication technology and digital media studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the information and computing sciences
UTAS Author:Drew, S (Dr Steve Drew)
ID Code:111933
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2016-10-17
Last Modified:2018-01-03

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