ERIC Number: ED319346
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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The Concept of Good Teaching in Universities around the World.
Ballantine, Jeane; King, Edith W.
The paper's hypothesis is that higher education has universal value, but is seen as serving different primary purposes in different societies and political contexts. In Part I of the study, 18 professors from 12 countries were interviewed; the 12 countries were England, Spain, Yugoslavia, Soviet Union, Turkey, India, Malaysia, Philippines, China (PRC), Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan. In Part II, professors from Kuwait, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, England, Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia were interviewed. Findings are analyzed in terms of the academic structure of higher education, the purpose of systems of higher education, the role of professors in universities, the role of teaching, the concept of "good teaching," incentives and rewards for good teaching, teaching styles and interaction between professor and students, evaluation of learning, and faculty development. It is concluded that higher education has universal value, but teaching receives low priority in elite institutions around the world, where the norm suggests that students are privileged to attend. Universities with more open access, however, try to attract a broad range of students to higher education and attach increased importance to the quality of teaching to meet these goals. Includes 18 references. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).