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ERIC Number: ED453225
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-11
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Central Curricular Decisions and Quality Assurance Initiatives.
Clement, Mieke; Elen, Jan; Hulpiau, Veerle; Waeytens, Kim
The general research goal for this study was to determine whether the decision to launch guided self-study as a global concept for university teaching at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Flanders, Belgium) has had any impact on the evaluation of educational quality at the level of individual programs. The main hypothesis was that departments that scored high on problem definition (development of mission and evaluation attitude) and on innovative capacity (innovation activities and professional training policy) would show a greater impact of the central decision to implement guided self-study on their evaluation practice. Three humanities departments were selected to take part in the study. Within each department, researchers interviewed the chair of the permanent educational commission, the chair of the evaluation commission, and a member of the evaluation commission. The data indicate that the guided self-study did have some impact on the evaluation initiatives of two of the departments, although it is remarkable that neither department discussed in depth the concept's grounds nor its consequences. One department used the concept in an effort to provoke a discussion about educational quality, and the other incorporated the guided self-study into its own mission. The departments that scored better on problem definition and innovation capacity seem to be better armed to work with the evaluation innovations. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium