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Preston, Noel – Higher Education Research and Development, 1992
It is argued that ethics should be taught in general and subject-specific curricula in Australian universities and that recent developments in Australia give ethics-enhanced priority. Current initiatives and specific administrative and instructional issues are discussed. An interdisciplinary approach to applied ethics instruction is advocated over…
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Role, Curriculum Design, Ethical Instruction
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Fulmer, Alison; Jenkins, Heather Inch – Higher Education Research and Development, 1992
A 13-week developmental studies course offered at an Australian college and designed to help disadvantaged women make the transition to higher education, focused on both academic and nonacademic requirements for successful college study. Participants experienced significant changes in styles of learning and decision making. (MSE)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Students, Cognitive Style, Decision Making
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Mahony, David – Higher Education Research and Development, 1990
A discussion of the restructuring of the Australian higher education system, with amalgamation of colleges and universities to form comprehensive universities, examines the new government policies, their underlying conceptualizations, and responses to the proposed changes. Challenges confronting the new institutions are also noted. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Change Strategies, College Administration, Educational Change
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Vroeijenstijn, Ton I. – Higher Education Research and Development, 1990
In response to changing government philosophy concerning higher education, including increased institutional autonomy alongside greater pressure for accountability and internal renewal, Dutch universities have developed a system for external quality assessment under the aegis of the Association of Dutch Universities. Its evolution and results to…
Descriptors: Accountability, College Administration, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Quality
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Thompson, H. R.; And Others – Higher Education Research and Development, 1990
Faculty self-appraisal workshops instituted at MacQuarie University (Australia) in response to a call for increased faculty self-evaluation is seen as a useful format for faculty development. The workshops occur at the departmental level, where it is easiest to integrate curriculum design, assessment policies, academic content, and teaching…
Descriptors: College Administration, College Faculty, Departments, Evaluation Methods
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Dunkin, Michael J. – Higher Education Research and Development, 1990
A study of 55 University of Sydney (Australia) faculty investigated relationships between willingness to seek evaluations from students, perceived competence on teaching tasks, and 7 demographic, educational, and professional background variables. Perceived competence was a direct but negative influence on willingness. Gender, doctorate, and…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Educational Background, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods
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Perry, C.; Delahaye, B. – Higher Education Research and Development, 1990
A study of the effects of team roles on the success of teams in business simulations found, contrary to expectation, that teams analyzing data on the basis of beliefs and values rather than logic were more successful. Implications for use of simulation in management education are discussed. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Business Administration Education, Group Dynamics, Higher Education
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Vilkinas, Tricia; Cartan, Greg – Higher Education Research and Development, 1990
A survey of 251 postsecondary students enrolled in management education revealed that the students preferred a student-centered and problem-based curriculum and felt their current curricula did not correspond to that model. Results are detailed and the questionnaires used are appended. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Curriculum Design, Postsecondary Education, Problem Solving
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Fraser, Barry J.; And Others – Higher Education Research and Development, 1990
Programs designed to enable Australian aborigines who had not successfully completed high school to qualify for science- and mathematics-related courses in higher education emphasize diagnostic testing, individualized instruction, short-term goals, and learner independence. Tutors have instructional, management, and support roles. Some early…
Descriptors: College Administration, Developmental Studies Programs, Diagnostic Tests, Foreign Countries
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Philip, Duncan – Higher Education Research and Development, 1990
A longitudinal study followed the careers of the 1973 entry cohort of architecture students (n=84) at the Western Australian Institute of Technology. Characteristics of two subgroups at the time of the 1989 followup are described, with anecdotal accounts of varied career paths and lifestyles. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Architectural Education, Career Ladders, Followup Studies
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Bradley, Graham; And Others – Higher Education Research and Development, 1990
Surveys of students at two Australian colleges (n=342 and 208) investigated their perceived stresses during the college experience. Respondents were more concerned with academic matters than a range of personal, interpersonal, and practical factors. Additional surveys of faculty indicate they are biased in their perceptions of student concerns.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Faculty, College Students, Foreign Countries
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Mageean, Pauline – Higher Education Research and Development, 1990
Discussion of the trend for higher education institutions and staff members to provide services for profit examines potential and existing conflicts and tensions. Topics addressed include the different purposes of education and business, concerns about quality, conflicts in priorities, competition for resources, need for organizational change,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Role, Conflict of Interest, Corporate Education
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Jackling, Noel; And Others – Higher Education Research and Development, 1990
It is proposed that algorithms and heuristics are useful in improving professional problem-solving abilities when contextualized within the academic discipline. A basic algorithm applied to problem solving in undergraduate engineering education and a similar algorithm applicable to legal problems are used as examples. Problem complexity and…
Descriptors: Algorithms, Classroom Techniques, College Instruction, Curriculum Development
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Bruce, C. S.; Brameld, G. H. – Higher Education Research and Development, 1990
A library instruction program has been instituted in civil engineering at the Queensland University of Technology (Australia) in an effort to improve the research skills of fourth year students working on research projects. Students with extended library instruction were found to have better information-seeking behavior than others. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Civil Engineering, College Seniors, Engineering Education, Foreign Countries
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Taylor, Gordon; Nightingale, Peggy – Higher Education Research and Development, 1990
Studies in 1974 and 1984 of errors in the writing of Australian university freshmen in a history course found no significant differences between the two groups. The most salient elements in the error-prone writing were less related to writing mechanics than to constitution of meaning, suggesting that grammar instruction is inadequate to improve…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Discourse Analysis, Educational Strategies, Error Patterns
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