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ERIC Number: EJ802352
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1360-080X
Rewarding Excellence and Promoting Improvement in Higher Education Teaching in Australia
Walshe, Terry
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v30 n3 p273-282 Aug 2008
Current implementation of Australia's Learning and Teaching Performance Fund rewards universities that demonstrate outstanding performance. This paper critically evaluates the capacity of the fund to "promote improvement" in learning and teaching. Analysis of past data describing institutional performance clearly shows that the rank order of universities has varied little over time. It is argued that this stability implies that incentive for investment in improved teaching and learning will be restricted to those universities that tend to score close to the funding threshold. An alternative approach to funding is advocated, involving graphical communication of trends in performance using control charts. The approach seeks to broaden incentives for better teaching and learning by explicitly, (a) acknowledging excellence in any one funding round, and (b) rewarding improvement in performance over time. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia