ERIC Number: ED451764
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-4
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Towards a Strategy of Teaching Improvement in Universities.
Farquhar, Robin H.
This essay considers strategies for the improvement of teaching in higher education, paying particular attention to the Canadian context for examples of practices that might be adapted to the Russian situation. The research functions of universities have come to dominate the basic value system guiding their operation, and the teaching and service functions have been accorded secondary status. This imbalance has been recognized as distorted, and some efforts have been made to redistribute the emphasis so that teaching is being viewed as of more importance. There are many barriers to improving teaching, the glorification of research intensiveness being the most important. Another factor is that typically there is no requirement for university teachers to undergo pedagogical training. The difficulty of assessing teaching effectiveness and the traditional neglect of the instructional role of professors are all barriers to the improvement of teaching. Responses to these problems have generally been focused toward better evaluation, the improvement of professional development resources, and the introduction of requirements that foster the improvement of teaching. These groups of responses indicate that there is a will to overcome the problems that face teaching in higher education, ways can be found to do so. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Russia