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ERIC Number: EJ846611
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1492-3831
Middle-Out Approaches to Reform of University Teaching and Learning: Champions Striding between the "Top-Down" and "Bottom-Up" Approaches
Cummings, Rick; Phillips, Rob; Tilbrook, Rhondda; Lowe, Kate
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, v6 n1 Mar 2005
In recent years, Australian universities have been driven by a diversity of external forces, including funding cuts, massification of higher education, and changing student demographics, to reform their relationship with students and improve teaching and learning, particularly for those studying off-campus or part-time. Many universities have responded to these forces either through formal strategic plans developed top-down by executive staff or through organic developments arising from staff in a bottom-up approach. By contrast, much of Murdoch University's response has been led by a small number of staff who have middle management responsibilities and who have championed the reform of key university functions, largely in spite of current policy or accepted practice. This paper argues that the "middle-out" strategy has both a basis in change management theory and practice, and a number of strengths, including low risk, low cost, and high sustainability. Three linked examples of middle-out change management in teaching and learning at Murdoch University are described and the outcomes analyzed to demonstrate the benefits and pitfalls of this approach. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia