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ERIC Number: EJ801765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0968-4883
A History and Critique of Quality Evaluation in the UK
Harvey, Lee
Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, v13 n4 p263-276 2005
Purpose: To provide a history of the emergence of quality systems from the mid-1980s. To show how quality became a primary policy concern in higher education policy. To map the development of quality processes and raise questions about dominant approaches and express concerns for the future. Design/methodology/approach: Historical document analysis. Findings: The problems in institutionalising quality are analysed and it is concluded that the British system of quality monitoring failed to engage with transformative learning and teaching. Practical implications: As the UK developments guided many other countries into developing a system of quality, the UK history of the emergence and development of quality processes 1985-2005 is of interest to international readers. It identifies both good practice and what to avoid. Originality/value: The historical analysis reveals how quality evaluations were guided as much by political pragmatism as rational evaluation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom