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ERIC Number: ED423737
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 10
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Issues in Funding and Supporting Projects To Improve Quality and Encourage Innovation in Teaching in Departments.
Pearson, Margot
This paper discusses recent efforts to use grants to fund projects to improve quality and encourage innovation in teaching in Australian universities, with a particular focus on the experiences of the Australian National University (ANU) at Canberra. Several projects are described, including a program to improve coordination of first-year units; a project to develop innovative approaches to curriculum, teaching, and learning; a seminar project on issues and practices in teaching, learning, and curriculum development; a quality management in teaching project; a collaborative learning project utilizing "structured conversations" to establish good practice in supervision; and a project to integrate information technology into teaching practice. It is concluded that the projects have helped to make teaching development a more publicly recognized and visible activity at ANU. Issues of process, outcomes, and the facilitation of change are also explored, focusing on tensions between competitive allocation and collaborative action, the role of discrete projects in incremental change or continuous improvement, tensions between strategies for improving teaching and for promoting innovation, and ways to establish who owns any change agenda. (Contains 24 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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