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Towards a methodology to determine standard time allocations for academic work


Kenny, J and Fluck, AE, Towards a methodology to determine standard time allocations for academic work, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 39, (5) pp. 503-523. ISSN 1469-9508 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2017 Association for Tertiary Education Management and the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Education Leadership and Management

DOI: doi:10.1080/1360080X.2017.1354773


An online survey of workload activities was circulated to academics across Australia seeking estimates for the time to undertake a range of academic-related tasks associated with teaching, research and service. This article summarises the most important findings from the teaching data of the 2059 respondents. This detail of workload data has not been reported before across the Australian university sector. The findings showing that most academics work more than 50 h per week are consistent with previous studies. Although the estimates of the individuals varied greatly, statistical inquiry indicated the median time required does not vary by experience and online teaching generally requires more preparation time than on-campus teaching. The paper proposes this methodology as a credible means to derive realistic time-based standards for other aspects of academic work and will assist university managers by providing an external benchmark upon which to develop local academic workload models.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:academic workload, time-based allocation, teaching tasks, academic workload models
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Management, resources and leadership
UTAS Author:Kenny, J (Associate Professor John Kenny)
UTAS Author:Fluck, AE (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
ID Code:118912
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-07-22
Last Modified:2018-06-20

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